Today’s top reminded me of one of my wardrobe staples from when I was in high school.
I wasn’t always fashionable you see…
I used to love love LOVE funky polyester butterfly-collar shirts. Like crazy. I had a closet full of ‘em and I wore one pretty much every single flippin’ day. I would throw one over a tank top, don a pair of Jncos (anybody else remember those???), spike my hair, and head out the door. Oh yeah. I was stylin’, y’all. ;)
Anywho…high school was
I won’t even tell you how many years ago, and my personal style has changed quite a bit. :) But when I saw this top, I grew wistful and nostalgic. I loved its funky print that made me think of Japan, and I really missed owning something with a butterfly collar. :( I’ve held on to this thing forever…not really knowing what to do with it.
Until now! :)
First things first. I needed to get my new top nicely fitted before I did anything else!
After I took in my sides, I cropped off the extra fabric as well as the sleeves. Then I did a bit more cutting. It’s just too insanely hot here to have any sort of sleeves at all!
After cutting my new arm holes, I made several teeny triangle-shaped notches. These will make it easy to fold them over for their new hems! :)
Notch it! :)
Then I folded the notched edges under twice, and stitched them down!
Almost done! :)
Now I have a fun new top for an evening of celebration! :)
Wait a tic…Why am I so very happy? :)
I mean…didn’t I just lose my job?
Perhaps I’m just in a state of denial?
I have some AWESOME news to share with you, dear reader! Governor Haley’s vetoes that would have cut all state funding for the SC Arts Commission have been OVERRIDDEN!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) I am so incredibly happy to see what strong bipartisan support the Arts and the Arts Commission have in this state! :)
You can’t spell “bipartisan” without “art”! :)
This of course means I have my job back! :) Hooray for not having to be a hobo or start my own snuggling business for $60 an hour like this enterprising young lady. :)
Seriously…this was the uniform reaction last time I tried to start a for-profit snuggling ring. :/
A big Thank You to everyone for their words of encouragement/advocacy/awesomeness during the last couple of weeks. You’re all amazing. :)
Today’s piece isn’t exactly fashion-forward, but it has sparkles to spare!
Seriously. You want some sparkles? Because I’ve got plllleeeeenty!
Alright. The only thing I like about this top is the subtle glittery print. Time for some serious choppage!
You can see how I’ve laid out one of my best-fitting tanks as a template for the shape of my future top. Are you wondering why I’ve left so much room on the sides? :)
I cut a bunch of 1″ish strips down each side, then tied them together!
All tied up!
This is an extremely easy no-sew solution for any of your boring tops that are made of a fray-proof fabric! :)
It’s so easy! :)
Feelin’ the fringe! :)
Today’s piece comes from a land down under! And yes – You’d better run. You’d better take cover! :)
What the what?!?!
You haven’t even seen the best part yet!
because removing your bloomers to go to relieve yourself is such a hassle!
I pretty much died laughing when I opened Mairi’s package. She certainly gave me quite a challenge! :)
Alright…as I’m not into Victorian Cosplay, these unmentionables were going to require a complete overhaul!
First, I reached into my dye stash and pulled out this:
They call me Mellow Yellow!
Into a nice, hot bath of dye the bloomers went!
Things are looking brighter already! :)
After a rinse & dry, I realized that dyeing this in the machine had a negative consequence. :/
I should have dyed these in the sink instead. :/
Thee good news was, not all of the lace was damaged, just the outer layer. Not a terrible thing. I went ahead and chopped it off from both legs. I went ahead and snipped off those back ties while I was at it.
I took the waist band, doubled it over, and pinned it together inside-out.
Do you see where I’m going with this yet?
A quick bit of stitchery followed.
Now those weirdo bloomers are a fun & funky shrug! :)
Perfect for a sweltering SC day! :)
Super Light & Comfy!
You’d never guess what this used to be! ;)
Thanks so much for sending this crazy thing my way, Mairi!!!! :)