Before and After : Blue Tunic Re-con


You may be familiar with my matching blue and purple Target tunics that I thrifted awhile ago.  You can see the purple one here and the blue one here.  While I love how they fit, I’ve never really liked the length. They were too short to wear with leggings, but an awkward length for jeans.  I tried shortening the purple one a few months ago, but ended up not liking it.  Yesterday, I took inspiration from some amazing re-cons I’ve been looking at lately, and created a completely new tunic.

I measured my tunic against another tunic that I like the length of, and figured out that I needed to add about six inches.  I cut six inches off the bottom of the purple tunic (including the part I had cut off and re-attached).  I then sewed that onto the hem of the blue tunic.  This gave me the length that I wanted, but the color blocking looked odd.  I decided to add some purple details at the collar to give the tunic more continutity.

Inspired by Tatertots and Jello’s recent t-shirt refashion, I decided to create some flower details.  I cut circles from the purple fabric, using my lens cap as a pattern for the larger circle and a paper holder (not shown) to make the smaller circles.  The larger one has three layers and the smaller ones have two.  Following the tutorial, I folded the layers in half, and stitched in the middle, then folded the other way and stitched again.

After this, I sewed them onto the tunic, and stitched buttons in the middle. I chose blue buttons that were a similar tone to the blue part of the tunic, to help further continuity.

I absolutely love how the finished tunic turned out!  I can see myself wearing this a lot more than the old tunic.  It looks amazing with leggings and skinny jeans, and I could even wear it as a swimsuit cover up at the beach.  Next, I plan on fashioning the leftovers of the purple tunic into a new dress or tunic.  Hopefully, I’ll post that next week.


About Diana

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14 Responses to Before and After : Blue Tunic Re-con

  1. so cool! I love your projects – you do such a good job at making items look just right! (Although I do love your look as well in the first pic here – the blue tunic with the brown belt.)


  2. Sally says:

    WOW! The refashion is completely amazing! Well done, lady. Can’t wait to see what happens to the leftovers.


  3. Tonya says:

    That is awesome! The flowers totally make it.


  4. Anna says:

    Wow! What a great idea! And it turned out so great! People would pay top dollar for such a beautiful piece.


  5. whoa what an awesome revamping project! it looks so good!


  6. Bianca says:

    Nice! Its Boden-esque but with your own personality! SO cute. 🙂


  7. anjali says:

    Diana, this is awesome!! What a transformation. I am very impressed.


  8. Piper says:

    Wow, that turned out awesome!! I love that you can look at a top and make a transformation to it that completely makes it better!! Very impressive 🙂


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  10. Kyla says:

    Sooo cute! I can’t wait to see it in action!


  11. Kristen says:

    How clever! Love the additional layers at the bottom.


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  14. Ella says:

    I love this kind of post. I wish I weren’t so lazy or I’d do stuff like this. You are awesome!

    I love those trendy flowers. (Kind of like they have at Loft and also done at cheaper stores, I think I see you and I both love Loft, from the big “LOFT” in your tag cloud, haha.)

    So you know, I think the double-layer look of the purple on the bottom makes it work all the better, somehow. It’s like meant to be.

    BTW, I do that color-block top and bottom thing when I just dress (haven’t DIYed like that). It’s almost necessary, right? Like if I have contrast colors like black/tan, pink/purple. Bring the bottom color up near the face and it works. 🙂

    Great blog!!


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