A Fall Floral Top

CreateAthon 2016!
An Early Fall Beige Brunch Dress

Oh hai fall, I didn’t know it was you!

I am deeply and profoundly excited about our (admittedly slight) change in temperature here in SC. Usually I get a little down as cold weather approaches, but not this year. :) I’m ready for stews, tea and nights curled up with a book by my fireplace.

I even decorated!

Douglas is looking...different...
Douglas is looking…different…

I’m also excited about a certain 90’s trend that’s making a comeback this year: Fall Florals!

You can read my recent Good Life Blog post about super-thriftable Fall 2016 trends here.

When I saw this frock on my refashion rack, my gears began to turn.

So fall. So floral!
So fall. So floral!

I know. I know. It sort of looks like like someone has already refashioned this odd dropped-waist frock from their great grandmother’s curtains, right? But look closer! That print is actually totally on-trend (and I think really pretty).

The button-up back was a little challenging, but I had plans for it too.

Baby got (button-up) back.
Baby got (button-up) back.

Like I said, I think this print is quite pretty, I just need a little less of it.

I started with these:

Ugly dingy white(ish) shoulder pads!
Ugly dingy white(ish) shoulder pads!

You can probably guess what that means.

Gotta keep 'em separated.
Gotta keep ’em separated.

I have way more dresses than I do tops, so severing this one gave me no hardship whatsoever.

This dress came equipped with now-unnecessary belt loops on the front, and those were removed as well.

Pick! Pick!
Pick! Pick!

The front of this dress featured a peplum, so I only had to give it half a hem.

Trimming everything under the peplum...
Trimming everything under the peplum…
Pinning the back!
…then pinning the back!

I stitched my back hem…


…and was almost done! :)

I decided to take advantage of that button-up back by converting it to a button-up front. I removed the top button, then pressed a nice, pleasing V.

Gimmie a V!
Gimmie a V!

I also removed that tag from the now-front of my now-top.

You're welcome, Nina.
You’re welcome, Nina.

After rolling up the sleeves a little and pairing it with my recently-skinnified jeans, I was ready to head off to my friend Cole’s art show opening!

That pattern is tamed by becoming a top, no?
Seriously? You’ve been blogging for like 6 years now. When are you going to learn to pose like a real fashion blogger? Geez.

In the back room of the art show venue, I discovered something disturbing…

My second head! :)
My second head! :)

Cheers, and Happy Fall!


4.7 (94.67%) 169 votes

47 thoughts on “A Fall Floral Top

  1. I wish I had your third eye to see how you are able to envision the transformation of something quite unappealing! You look fabulous in shorts. You look fabulous all wrapped up. Don’t let the cold weather get you down. Happy Fall.

  2. Jillian: Oh my goodness, i would never have imagined that dress would give you a beauty of a top wowzer is all I can say super duper wonderful.


  3. Loved this and good to see you active in the refash again. I have a suggestion for the discarded
    shoulder pads. I save them and fashion black-out night masks for myself. I have currently two and so when one is in the wash or drying I use the other one. I find that I sleep much better with
    my mask than before discovering them. At first I bought them online for twelve dollars each or so. Now I love my pretty patterned ones. Choose dark ones for this and I place my very skinny elastic
    very loose to keep it on. You want the eyes to be only loosely covered, nothing form fitting at all.
    If I knew how to post pix I would. Sorry.

  4. Like so many others here, I am hoping that you will do something with the skirt. So much fabric there! Your new top is a delight. The colors suit you.

  5. Beautiful pattern! Are you going to make a skirt too? If you wore it togrther it would look like a dress, so it would be like a 3in1 outfit :)

  6. LOL! You are so funny! I love what you did to this dress – making it into a top! It looks great with your jeans… I confess that the dress, itself, was kind of hideous… but you turned it from a toad into a prince with your ingenuity and common sense. Always a pleasure to see to do your magic….

Leave a Reply