Refashioning




Recently I decided that I needed some grown up clothes to wear to school when teaching and doing my artist in residency. I decided a long time ago that shirts are just not acceptable clothing for a full breasted lady. Shirts have obstacles for my fit - gaping and the dreaded hang from the tip of the breast to give the illusion that one may just be pregnant or incredibly fat - there is just no shape in them for me.

In winter I often convert my summer clothes to winter clothes with addition of tights and long sleeve tops worn underneath. However my back is often still cold and in addition I have taken to wearing a vest over the layers as well. I found a couple at op shops but most are ill fitting or only suitable to wear around the farm.

Laying in bed (where the best plans are made) I had a light bulb moment of creating some vest from old jumpers for myself just like I used to create for the babies.
The very next day I cut off the sleeves of a few jumpers - bound the cute edges, added details and  TA-DA by the end of the day I had eight new pieces to add to my wardrobe. I can now confidently wear shirts with a vest over the top as protection against bagging and gaping with the side bonus of incredible warmth and minimal movement restriction.

I also took in some vintage jumpers and shirts to fit better. I love vintage but mostly I either look like an actual old woman wearing them or they are all baggy in exactly the most unflattering places. I don't know why I don't adjust more vintage pieces to suit. I guess the fear of mucking up something old and unique still gets to me but I am happy to say I am conquering that fear very well.

How is your winter wardrobe shaping up? What has been your latest and greatest winter warmer addition?

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.

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