This beauty was only .25 cents at my favorite new thrift store!
I entertained the notion of making a funky new cocktail dress, but when I couldn’t zip this up over my bazoongas I went to plan B.
Instead, I cut it off from the bodice.
There’s a lot going on in this dress: the matching bolero jacket, the zipper (which I did seam rip out. I might get brave and put it in something else), that stupid bow tie thing, and the front “tulip” hem. Did you notice it in the before picture? Go ahead and look again.
The tulip hem in the front is what inspired me to make a blouse out of this material.
Do you see the slit in the middle of the fabric? That’s where the zipper was. I decided this was going to be my lovely new V-neck.
A few months ago, in a moment of pure hatred and frustration, I threw out every single pattern I ever owned! What are the odds I needed that pattern now? That’s how it goes. I do so hate patterns… Luckily though, another sewing instructor at my Job #1 had one of her dresses on display. I used that as my pattern.
This dress looked a little bit bigger than my size (at least I thought so… looks can be deceiving…). Better to have too much fabric than not enough.
I situated the remaining scraps into a tulip shape:
I see this tulip effect a lot and decided to go for it. I used Pat’s dress, yet again, for the pattern. This time, I put it face down.
I was scared to death I would mess this up, so I decided to sew the back piece to the new front piece. I’ll clean up all the raw edges later…
I sewed the side seams down with our Imagine Serger, but something told me to sew the shoulders with just a straight stitch. I’m glad I did because I noticed right away that something was a little “off”
I seam ripped it out and readjusted.
I’m “Disney” pointing to the extra fabric. I cut it off, of course.
This refashion took forever! There was so much altering I had to do to this sucker. I thought I was going to give up, so I don’t have any pictures of me robbing the sleeves (and de-poofifying them!) from the bolero jacket and inserting them in to my new top… or of me finishing all the raw edges… or of me giving the final shirt a shortened hem…
In the end though, it turned out great! 🙂
I actually really love it! It was dressy enough to wear to church Sunday morning; and casual enough to head to my folks’ place to celebrate Father’s Day & my dad’s birthday.
I adore the back
Our #4 up and moved to Florida… Totally jealous, actually. He was there in spirit.
Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day (And a great birthday if the calendar “falls” that way for you).
Earrings: Charming Charlie