Sunday, July 3, 2011

In the beginning, there were pyjamas

It all started with pyjamas. I needed some. I found these and instantly loved the design and colour.
Totul a inceput cu pijamaua. Imi trebuia una. Am gasit-o pe asta si mi-a placut imediat modelul si culoarea.
But, while walking home after having bought my new happy pretty jammies, I had...
Dar, in timp ce ma intorceam acasa cu proaspat cumparata pijama, am avut...

Revelation 1: Hey, this fabric is way too nice to only be worn in the dark. Is there a way to turn this into something wearable outdoors too?
Revelatia 1: Hei, materialul asta e prea fain ca sa fie purtat numai pe intuneric. Oare exista vreo cale de a transforma pijamaua asta in ceva purtabil si afara?

It turns out there was, and this lead the way to my first ever refashion: the PJ dress!
Se pare ca a existat, si asta a condus la prima mea transformare vestimentara: rochia pijama!
I chopped the pants up and re-assembled them into skirt panels, shortened the top, added some lace and satin here and there, as well as a tulle underskirt and I was quite pleased with the result!
Am taiat pantalonii si i-am reasamblat in segmente de fusta, am scurtat maioul, am adaugat niste dantela si satin pe ici pe colo, precum si un jupon de tulle, si am fost foarte satisfacuta de rezultat!
This first success lead to...
Acest prim succes a condus la...

Revelation 2: Hey, I can do this refashioning thing too! Let the dull and the ill-fitting come to me, and do not hinder them.
Revelatia 2: Hei, se pare ca pot si eu sa fac chestia asta cu transformatu'! Lasati plicticoasele si nepotrivitele sa vina la mine!

I saw my shopping horizons instantly broadened: now I could buy things that didn't quite fit, simply because I loved the fabric. I could always turn the item into something else. So I got onto my second ever refashion. I had had this shirt for a while, thinking I would use the fabric for a quilt or doll dress. It was blah: bulky, uncomfortable and not very flattering, with the hippie pointed collar and all:

Mi-am vazut orizonturile comerciale largite instantaneu: acum pot cumpara si lucruri care nu-mi sunt bune, doar pentru ca-mi place materialul. Pot oricand sa transform un obiect de imbracaminte in altceva. Asa ca m-am apucat de a doua transformare. Aveam camasa asta de o vreme, gandindu-ma ca voi folosi materialul intr-un quilt sau o rochita pentru papusi. Era bla: mare, incomoda, si cu un guler ascutit, hippie:
So I cut and pinned and rounded and almost dislocated a shoulder in the process of trying to work on the back of the shirt while actually wearing it, but I finally ended up with this:

Asa ca am taiat si am prins cu ace si am rotunjit si aproape mi-am dislocat un umar in procesul de a lucra la spatele camasii in timp ce o purtam. Dar in final mi-a iesit asta:
Short puff sleeves (I think that's what they're called), rounded collar (that was a lot of work to transform!) and a more fitted waist. Easy to integrate in a respectable teacher's outfit:

Maneci scurte, guler rotunjit (am lucrat la ala, nu gluma!) si o talie mai stransa. Usor de incorporat intr-o tinuta de profa respectabila:

And thus begin my clothes-altering adventures.
Si iata cum incep aventurile mele pe taramul transformarii hainelor.
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful frenship... :)

4 comments:

Elena said...

Grozava idee iar rezultatul excelent! Deja sunt in dulap cautand haine care nu le port din aceleasi motive ca ale tale...

...tiktakro... said...

I looove refashioning-upcycling, too ;) for the same reason as yours...
You look so nice ( professionnally) in your teacher outfit, it suits you so well ...

NeMe said...

Teodora, multumex frumos. Elena, astept sa vad transformarile curgand! :)

carmina said...

Bravo Anca. E o idee inteligenta!!
ca sa nu mai vorbesc de talentul tau...
Felicitari,
Carmina