March 1, 2011

Before & After: Another Turtleneck Bites The Dust

I was so tempted to go buck wild when Free People landed on Ruelala yesterday (if you didn't know, Ruelala's a discount site that sells brand name clothes on the cheap.) (If you also didn't know, Free People is my favorite.) But I refrained. Partially because I saw something I thought I could make myself.

Their Bell Flower Halter top reminded me of a turtleneck I had lurking in my closet. A turtleneck that I haven't worn since, like, 2008. It -- like the other turtleneck that I tore apart last month -- always made me feel frumpy and it was also always too big. But it's a Free People turtleneck and it has lots of sweet details so I could never bear to Goodwill it. So I made it into a halter top instead.
Source: Free People
Source: Free People
Here's what I was working with. (The husband had the camera today so all I had to work with was Photo Booth):
The original ...
... with a pretty snap-up back. 
This project ate up both of Tessa's naps today :) There were some nerve-racking moves that had to be made -- like slicing off the entire neck, then pleating and reattaching it. And then I took in the whole shebang along the sides.

Now I feel like this is something I'll wear often this summer and that will be really cool for layering.

I plan to enter it in A Beautiful Mess' Project ReStyle. Have y'all heard about that? I don't think it's really that mind-blowing of a project but we'll see what happens.


  1. debbie78March 1, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    I think you should go to design school and open your own quaint lil' shop.:)

  2. BrittanyMarch 1, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    i love this!!

  3. Lil Muse LilyMarch 2, 2011 at 6:13 AM

    2 thumbs up! came out great. good eye.

  4. Calista B SmithMarch 2, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    very very impressed!!!

  5. Mrs. JonesMarch 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Love this!!

  6. Joy of CookingMarch 4, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    oh wow! I was thinking I kind of liked the turtleneck and then you turned it into the cutest little halter top ever! LOVE it. Can you come to my house and find things like this to re-purpose? and then teach me how to do it! hahahahaha!! during Tessa's and June's naps, ok? no big deal.

  7. eefMarch 8, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    good idea! i love it.

  8. jessie bMarch 8, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    nice restyle! sometimes, the gutsiest moves turn out amazing :)

  9. BarbaraMay 11, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    This is very cute too!!

  10. Rachel R.April 20, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Wow; this has a TOTALLY different style in the "after"! I love it!

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