The Pink Grazia Outfit (Sewing-It-Forward)

Sewing-It-Forward project #2- my 4th and 5th outfits.

In case you’re just tuning in, Sewing-It-Forward is a term I’m using for the refashion sewing I am doing- rescuing outdated and unattractive items donated to a local women’s shelter where I volunteer. Every Wednesday, I will be receiving new items to deconstruct and redesign. You can see my first project here.

My second Sewing-It-Forward project was a size 16 Grazia two-piece outfit. Lady E from the “boutique” at the shelter actually laughed as she placed this 50% merino wool and 50% acrylic challenge in my bag. I would say it was ugly per say however quite overwhelming when worn together as a two-piece as it was made and sold as (see photo). The lovely VieDomestique did a little recon work for me on the Grazia label- very little is known but she did tell me the outfit all together ran about 50$.

I had drafted out many ideas for the top, all trying to keep the buttons but it continued to look drab. I considered a deep v-neck to compensate for the softness of the pink wool but thought a boat-neck would be more versatile and appeal to more women. I used some interfacing for the collar for added structure.

My original idea for the bottom portion was to cut it shorter, something a couple inches above the knee. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to show the outfits to my girlfriends and Mandy & Veronika both voted for a just-below-the-knee look. Even pairing them with booties were their idea- i love it! Nicely chosen, ladies!

I kept the skirt’s lining and made the skirt suitable for a medium-large fit.

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