I had my fingers and toes crossed that this adorable polka dot playsuit I thrifted online would fit:
Of course not as apparently my torso is abnormally long and my bosom simply too ample to be contained in the very general size of “M”.
This is not my first refashion of a short-waisted, chest restricting garment so I thought I’d try to come up with a new idea and figure out just how to upsize a playsuit:
I grabbed one of the kiddo’s old t-shirts and a roll of vintage lace.
Chopped the top from the bottom of the playsuit just under the waist seam.
Grabbed the top and chopped the underside of the sides and sleeves open following the seams.
I stopped my cuts just above the sleeve cuffs to keep them intact.
Then I grabbed that vintage lace and arranged it on top of one of the cut sides with right sides facing.
Stitched it on and zigzagged over the seam for extra strength and to help prevent fraying.
Then stitched the opposite side of the lace to the remaining open edge of that side of the top.
(and repeated the whole process on the other chopped side of the top)
Then stitched a length of lace all around the raw bottom edge of the top.
And zigzagged over the outside seam to help it lay flat and prevent fraying.
And my fancy perfectly fitting top was complete! Onto the bottoms:
I chopped that kiddo shirt in half under the arms.
(using the bottom of a child-size tee that fits comfortably around my waist means I don’t have to faff around trying to stitch together a perfectly fitting waistband)
I folded the bottom of the t-shirt back over itself to create a smaller tube and stitched the open edges together.
Popped my new waistband over the top of the chopped playsuit bottom with right sides facing and raw edges lined up.
Stitched them together.
And once agin zigzagged that outside seam.
Et voila! Fab new high waisted shorts!
Pretty damn cute!
– Be sure to check out my all new upsizing tutorial category for more groovy fixes –