Usually, what draws me to a piece is the crazy print:
When it has NO stains, no snags, and looks brand spankin’ new, well, that’s just a bonus! Hubs and I are getting ready for our Anniversary trip to Florida in a few weeks… so, I thought this would work marvelously well in the warm climate. I got to work by chopping off some length
I don’t typically turn my garments inside out just to cut length off… but this random decision turned out to work in my favor because I discovered that this dress was reversible!!! I also discovered that I liked the “inside” solid green color of the dress better than the weird print, which is the reason why I bought the stupid thing to begin with.
Ain’t life a kick in the head?
So, I continued with my refashion by taking it in a little bit.
I cut off the excess, ran the raw edges under a sewing machine, and then I decided to add a sleeve 🙂
I dug out a pattern that I purchased a loooooooong time ago and used just the sleeve portion of the pattern. I’ve not been too confident in my sewing lately, so I didn’t want to chance yet another failed project.
There was more than enough to make my sleeve. And, ‘nother bonus, I lined the pattern up with the existing finished hems, which means I didn’t have to finish them 🙂
Fold the sleeves in half length wise,
Right sides together, I sewed the sleeves into the dress.
I just followed the existing green thread of the armhole. Some trimming was in order afterwards… sleeves never ever ever seem to fit perfectly…. And, I did have to finish the bottom edge of the new shirt. Rolled hem is super easy for such a task 🙂
The color translates a little “teal” in these pictures, but it’s actually green… my favorite color! When I discovered the green underneath the print I was super excited. I don’t have any green clothing in my closet. Plus, it’s the exact same shirt that I nearly purchased from my favorite Consignment Shop here in town. I really, really wanted to stay true to my goal of not spending more than .99 cents on clothing in 2014 so I didn’t buy that shirt.
That turned out to work in my favor because instead of spending $14, I got to MAKE it for $1 🙂
My pal Billie and I had dinner at Hacienda before we headed to church for Worship Team rehearsal. I’ve always wanted a picture with the “Taxi Hacienda” 🙂
…we may have had a little fun in the corridor taking pictures beforehand.
All photos are courtesy of Billie Ondina photography