Frugal Day Off

When I picked this up for .99 cents Muffin looked at me with disgust… “Looks a little bit like a ‘Golden Girl’ shirt.”

Yes, yes it does.. which is why I like it 🙂

I began by removing the unwanted elements…


And I seam ripped the pockets out…

I’m sure I can use you for something else down the road.

I took the sleeves off too… I envisioned a dolman shirt situation for this top. Unfortunately, it was too small for that (hence, the lack of closer in my before pic..). So, I had to add more material somehow. What else am I going to do but scrounge through my scrap bin?

Guess what I found? 🙂


I know you guys think I’m stupid (or, maybe have a fetish–gross) but I’m TELLIN’ ya, Black Lace fixes everything! 🙂

Even it out
Even it out

I’m going to add these into the side seams of the shirt (which I cut, obviously).


After I sewed that down with a straight stitch, I had to attach it to the other raw edge to the lace inset.


Do that on both side seams of your shirt and this is, hopefully, the outcome.


To make this a shirt, I had to sew the front part shut. Again, a simple straight stitch did the trick

The Janome 3160 is boss for such a task ;)
The Janome 3160 is boss for such a task 😉

Lastly, I had to contend with the arms… I am seriously REALLY self-conscious about my flabby arms. Saggy, loose skin after a major weight loss is real, you guys. I can’t tell you the amount of “flack” I’ve gotten from people who think they know my body better than I do, “Oh, Laura you’re fine. You don’t need to have an arm lift!”; “You’re just too hard on yourself!”; “Just work out your triceps and you’ll get rid of that in no time.” *sigh. Skin is different than fat… you can’t “burn off” skin with tricep exercises. *Sigh again.

Anyhoo, I guess that’s all I’m gonna say about that (for now). And, all of that was to say…I had to work a sleeve into this new shirt somehow. The original shirt was too small for me, so the existing scraps wouldn’t have been big enough for a blouse-y dolman sleeve, so I went back to my stash of scraps…

Well, hi there!
Well, hi there!

This is a scrap from a too-long tank top that I shortened pre-blog #shortgirl. You’ll do nicely for a sleeve. And, bonus, it ties all the black lace together.

I cut this scrap into even pieces and pinned it into the “Golden Girl” print blouse (Right sides together, of course).

Uh oh!!!!!
Uh oh!!!!!

Well… it looks like EVERY THING is too small at the moment *Sad face. See how much more printed fabric there is in ratio to the black? Ugh!

Ugh, ugh, ugh!!!!

Whatever, I’m just gonna roll with it. The black fabric is stretchy, so I just stretched it, while guiding the printed fabric (trying desperately NOT to stretch it). This created a gather… oh well, I got it all to fit.


The sleeves might be a little wonky but, oh well. I actually really like this top.


My purse du jour is another Fossil I “borrowed” from my mom’s closet when she was out of the house 😀


I’m ready for a date night with my sick Hubby!

The lace panels are my favorite!
The lace panels are my favorite!

With a red cami underneath I don’t have to worry about being a ho either 😉

Much food was consumed.
Much food was consumed.

We finally used our Gift Card to Texas Road House that my parents gave us for Christmas. I even had a coupon for a free onion blossom.

So, to recap: I’ve got a free purse, a .99 cent shirt, a sick but still freakin’ cute Hubby, and a FREE gynormous meal. A girl could do worse on her day off.


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