I bought the most beautiful apple green neoprene fabric from Tessuti Fabrics this year. Such a great fabric and so easy to work with. The process of deciding what to make usually takes the most time. I finally decided on this kimono sleeve t-shirt dress. I made the pattern based on something similar I had made before. I wore it a few times, lets just say, I didn’t love it. Bit sack-like if I am honest. Being the ‘Proper Northerner’ that I am, I can’t bare waste, so an upcycle was the obvious answer.
So, the hours of unpicking commenced, a real labour of love.
I finally settled on a jewel-neck jacket I found in one of my favourite Japanese pattern books, Casual Sweet Clothes by Noriko Sasahara. As I was restricted by fabric, I have altered the pattern a little to remove some of the volume in the flared sleeves and remove the fastenings to leave my jacket open. It was a surprisingly simple transformation and I am really pleased with the results.