One of the strangest bits of culture shock I experienced when I moved to Berlin (other than the extreme rudeness & xenophobia) was the size of the pillows. At a whopping 80cm x 80cm a traditional German pillow is nearly the size of a bed itself! (Perhaps to soak up all of the tears of sadness & frustration after a long day spent dealing with harsh & offensive locals)
Such large pillows require large pillowcases which means the textile area of the thrift shop is jam packed with groovy vintage bedsheet sets with extra large pillowcases just begging to be transformed!
Here’s how to create your own easy breezy top from a couple of squares of fabric:
Grab a couple of squares of fabric that wrap comfortably around your torso and a loose fitting sleeveless top to use as a template.
Place your fabric squares together with right sides facing and then fold them in half. Fold your shirt in half and lay it on top of the fabric with the folded edges aligned then trace out the basic shape of the top onto the fabric.
I wanted a wider result so I sketched out a bell shape from the underarm.
Chop out the shape keeping the folded edge intact.
Unfold the fabric and pin the shoulders and sides together.
Stitch the shoulders and sides together (make sure to leave the armholes open!)
Try on your almost done top and widen the armholes and neckline if needed/desired.
Once you’re happy with the fit snag your rolled hem foot and finish off the neckline, armholes and hem.
Working with vintage fabric can certainly be challenging at times! As I was hemming an armhole the funky material ripped – aaaargh!
Luckily the tear was close enough to the shoulder seam that a quick fix was easy:
I simply stitched across the shoulder under the rip and chopped off the excess fabric then repeated the process on the other side.
And my fancy new top was ready to face the judgemental glares of the locals.
My second attempt came out even better than first!