Let's start with the easy one, shall we? The navy blouse was quite nice, but just too tight in the neck for me. To remedy this, I first cut out a new neckline.
Then I pinned and sewed some bias tape - leftover from another refashion - around the edges, and then pressed it upward.
Then it was folded toward the inside and sewn "in the ditch" to hide the stitching. After a final press, it lays perfectly flat!
Am I the only one who thinks a little polka dots make anything better?
Inspired by my foray into mixing blue hues this week, I added some seafoam-y jewelry, but kept it mostly neutral with a white belt and brown wedges.
Top: swapped and refashioned // Skirt: $3 thrifted // Shoes: $8 Target clearance
Belt: $2 Old Navy clearance // Ring: Yerdle // Earrings: Etsy (gift with purchase)
Then it was time to tackle that frumpy, floral skirt. This refashion was slightly more seat-of-the-pants, so the pictorial might be little lacking. It started simply enough, with the removal of about a foot of fabric off the bottom of the skirt and re-hemming the edge.
This is where lots of trial and error happened and I failed to properly document things photographically. Basically, I cut the trimmed-off bit into two pieces right down the side seams. Then I used one to create the front of the bodice and the other for the back of the bodice. Once I had all the kinks worked out, I attached the bodice to the skirt's waistband, echoing the existing pleats from the bottom to the top.
But my dress still needed straps. So I cut two strips from my remnants, about 3 inches wide and 16 inches long, made them into straps, and attached them to the top of the dress.
Now I'm ready for the 84F/29C weather we had this weekend!
I feel like I should be going to a garden party in this dress.
Thanks again, Miche, for the awesome swap stuff and the opportunity to get in some more time with my sewing machine!