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Revamping a piece I couldn’t wear in my wardrobe

I bought this top because I LOVED the colour. I LOVED the fabric (silk chiffon) and I liked the easy drapey-ness of it.

Unfortunately, while it was drapey and cool, it was giving me a strange, weird bulge in front when I wore it, making me look very strange and lumpy in the belly area.

While I was pregnant it was perfect because it highlighted and hugged my bump but afterwards? Me no likey.

I even tried belting it, and it was ugly.


I wore it when I had a little bump and it was cute but not so cute when you aren’t expecting.



So I bit the bullet and took a pair of scissors to it and ended up with this:



It’s now like a chiffon silk shrug to wear over any top, and when I wrap it around my waist and belt it, it’s killer, trust me.

It looks like nothing on the hanger but it is great on a body.

I even like the way I hacked at the hem, giving it a raw edge silk hem without meaning to.

aritzia-magenta-drapey-top-cut-2Goes to show, a little scissoring can go a long way.

I’ve breathed new life into this top. I was about to sell it but I glad I didn’t!

This is how I’ve styled it on Instagram:

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  1. Ronnie

    I love that Monet skirt! Where did you find it?

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Alas, it’s a vintage one of a kind, custom-made for someone in Paris.

      She brought it to Toronto and then sold it to Cat’s Meow in Toronto. I bought it from them for a cool $300 or so (that was on SALE because it was just sitting on the rack)….

      I can guess she paid a heck of a lot more for the silk. When I brought it in for tailoring, they all went: WOW. Look at the construction & the fabric…

  2. Tania

    Very nice. Love how the different prints play of each other as well. I take scissors to my pieces too btw 🙂

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I just sewed up the front of my other silk shirt because it was just too low and open..

  3. The Asian Pear

    OMG. I used to have a very similar looking top. I’ve been slowly revamping my wardrobe too. Thankfully my Dad’s good at sewing so we’ve been slowly taking everything in. My pants are way too big now.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Soon you’ll need to go shopping for a new wardrobe! Go Pear Go!

  4. Sandra

    Great idea. I do this all the time with clothes and jewellery. It’s amazing how a little tweak can change things completely.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Now it’s a floaty throw-on top!

  5. Cassie

    Nice DIY hack 🙂 If you plan to leave it with a raw edge I’d throw a little fray check on there so it doesn’t unravel on you.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Good point thank you

  6. Petrish @ Debt Free Martini

    Great way to revamp a wardrobe item and save some cash by not just throwing it away and buy a replacement. Cute!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Exactly! I already bought it and love it but it just wasn’t working.


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