May 2012 archive

Day 336: Into the Garden Top

Holy Housedress, Batman!  :/


You’re looking at a rather massive muumuu I scored for $1.  It’s label read “Smart Time” (?).  The smartest thing I could think of to do with frumptastic piece (with a fun summer print…I must admit) was to turn it into a fun top.  :)

First, I took it in 4″.  My sewing machine has been a bit wonky lately.  I keep having to adjust the upper and lower thread tension every time I use it.  Anybody know what that’s about?


Then, I lopped off that bottom tier!  :)


And that’s it!  Now I have a fun summer top that pairs well with my GINORMOUS red shades!  :)

I look like a fly in my big shades, but I love them all the same! :)


Day 335: Turtleneck Skirt

I hate turtlenecks and they hate me.

I have no neck, you see.

I love tacky prints, and this one definitely fits the bill, but it just isn’t working for me as a top…and certainly not as a turtleneck top!  :/

Of course, I have a plan!

First, I pinned straight along the side seams, all the way down through the sleeves.

Closing up those sleeves!

Then, I stitched those side seams down!


I cut off the extra side fabric, and trimmed straight across that atrosh neckline.

Making the Cut(s)! :)

Now I have a sexy new miniskirt!  :)

This pose is from the “I’m trying to look sexy, but instead look like I have to pee” collection.

And here’s how the top works:

Just roll it down to make it whatever length you want! :)

Cheers!  :)

Day 334: Room for Improvement Dress

Today’s dress is from the “Little Old Church Lady” collection.  :)

Those are some craaaazy shoulderpads, lemme tell ya!

Note those massive shoulder pads (the higher the shoulders, the closer to God?), that unraveling doily of a collar, and that uber-unflattering dropped angular waist!

I really have my work cut out for me with this one, folks!

Speaking of cutting…

Now those Funky-Shaped Shoulder Pads are a thing of the past!!

Time for those stifling sleeves to go buh-bye as well!

Same for that length!

Goodbye Doily!

I used the bottom scrap as a sort of obi belt, and put the dress on backwards (to give me a less stifling neckline).

Now I have a cute work-worthy dress in a lovely hue!  :)

Ah! Much improved! :)

It’s very simple-looking, but I think that’s just fine, considering how this dress began its life!


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