Check out this lovely 2-piecer!
Has the word “lovely” been redefined recently?
Talk about a BOGO! :) I’m a huge fan of this fun tropical print and the lightweight fabric of this thing. I’m not such a fan of the frumpy cut of the dress or the not-so-hot layering action!
Time to get this dress ready for a warm & beautiful day!
First, I cut the dress off near the top, right where it starts to get narrow.
Making the cut!
Then, I hemmed the resulting raw edge!
Next, I cut two strips from the back of the jacket.
Strip #1 and Strip #2!
I stitched them both into tubes…
…and turned them right-side out!
Just like this!
I pressed my tubes, and pinned them onto my dress to make straps!
From Strips to Straps!
View from the back!
I stitched my new straps down, getting really excited about how this dress was turning out! :)
Stitch that Strap!
I hopped into my fab new frock and out the door to catch a performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)! Thankfully, there was no rain, and the show went on! :)
At Finlay Park! :)
Lovin’ that drapey back! :)
As you can see, I grabbed a leftover scrap to wrap around my head for a driving scarf (I drive a convertible). :)
It started to get a bit chilly, so I donned a cozy cardi in a complimentary color (such a sucker for alliteration!), as I began taking notes for my review of the show!
Pen & Paper at the ready! :)
Theatre-Lovin’ Pals! :)
How does one write a suitable preface for something like this?
I couldn’t just stop at one before pic, either! :)
At first, I didn’t understand why the shape of these atrocious overalls was so odd. Suddenly, all became clear!
Ma, as in Maternity. As in Oh Ma God, no! ;)
Yep. You’re looking at a pair of maternity overalls! As I clearly have no need for these as-is, it was time to get to work! :)
I knew I wanted to turn this into a dress, so I unpicked the crotch area…
…and then cut off the legs!
Chop! And Chop!
Then, I put the whole thing on my dress form and started pinning!
Pinning where I unpicked the crotch!
Decreasing that preggo belly section!
Shortening that back section!
Taking in those sides!
Then, I ran all of the pinned sections under the needle!
Then, I gave my new dress a new hem!
I pressed my new seams & hem…and now I have a comfy and totally non-preggo frock!
Much better, eh? :)
When I saw today’s piece at the thrift store, I immediately became nostalgic. This is a pajama top that is almost identical (just a different color) to a set of pajamas I had in high school that used to be my grandmother’s in the 70′s. I loved them to death, but accidentally got bleach all over them, and that was that. :/
Or was it? :)
Well hello there, old friend! :)
I scoured the thrift store, looking for the bottoms to this top, but they were nowhere to be found. :( Had I actually found them, I would have happily kept them as my new fave pair of jammies! Sadly, this was not meant to be. Happily, this means a refashion is in store! :)
I put the PJ top on my dress form, and pinned the sides…
Hot. Pinning. Action!
I stitched up the sides on my machine, like ya do.
This is how we do it.
I cut off the extra fabric, but still wasn’t quite pleased with my new top…yet!
Chop! And Chop!
Now my new top is ready for a gloriously sunny day!
Too bad I made it at night. :/
Oh the joys of lounging in a comfy silky top! See? You can wear your jammies in public! ;)
Digging that Art Deco applique big time!