For my second Wardrobe Refashion project I took the scissors to some three quarter pants that I've had for about two or three years. They've been good pants and I loved them when I first bought them, but over time the fabric had pilled a bit, "knees" developed pretty soon after putting them on, and the folded waistband, which has no zip, used to pop open in a very unattractive way without warning. However the fabric is a nice textured charcoal linen/cotton blend which I still liked.
I envisaged a simple Japanese style top, something like the beautiful designs I saw in the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition at the Perth Art Gallery a year ago. That was such a gorgeous exhibition, sigh, the awesomeness as a whole left me quite spellbound and deeply inspired. I have not even close to 1% of his talent, but I thought I might be capable of a simple top, something symmetrical, but with just a few elements of asymmetry thrown in, as practiced in traditional Japanese architecture.
I'm very happy with this result although putting it together ended up a bit more complicated than I first thought - again, just like the deceptive simplicity of Yohji Yamamoto (I have one Yohji Yamamoto top that I was lucky enough to come across in a second hand shop, and it's quite unlike any other top I've seen) The difficult bit on which I spent the most time was in the inserts I put in under the arm which are to avoid inadvertent "flashing" when arm-lifting; and you can't even really see this part of the shirt! Even though you can't see them, let me describe them; they are scooped and edged with scraps of self binding...
I kept the waistband of the original pants to use as a belt and my whole family agrees the top looks better with it.
I really like the up-and-down effect of the hem; longest in front, shorter at the sides and shortest at the back. The hems here are the original hems of the pants.
I slashed the neckline of the top off-centre to insert a button closure and used a small amount of lightweight black fabric from my stash to face the neckline. This button closure is functional but not really needed as it can be just slipped over my head anyway... I love this old button I inherited in my grandmother's haberdashery; it's texture is a bit like rough stone.
Pretty much all of the fabric of the original pants was used in making this top; I had only the tiniest of scraps left!
Top; refashioned from old 3/4 pants, my own design
Shorts; Burda 7723, white linen
Sandals; Vicenza, bought at Soletta shoes