So when I came across this puppy there were some mixed feelings. Let me share…gingham, I love you. Paisley, I love you too. Together, paired the way you were with long sleeves, buttons up to my eyes (kinda), and a skirt that hit the floor you were no good, you were no good, you were no good, baby you were no good.
However, I was determined to make you better, that’s right with just a little bit of trimming and re-styling. First, the length needed to go. I grabbed my scissors and cut you up to my knees. I unbuttoned all five buttons of you and threw on my favorite olive-y green LA Made jersey tank underneath. Paired you with a fab belt I procured from the Targe (as in Target…), rolled up your sleeves to my elbows, and threw on my nude slingbacks. After all that, I was ready for some yakitori chicken and shrimp skewers (not to mention some ridic Asiany-coconutty quesadillas that I do not have documentation of, but let me tell you…they were NO JOKE) prepared by the cheftastic MR.
Before the food fest, I took a pic outside in front of the most gorgeous 1970s Rolls Royce just hanging out on the street. I got stares during my impromptu, shoes-off, dance party, but that’s kind of how I roll – impromptu dance parties will be had in front of cars…
…or in them.
It don’t matter to this gal
It’s Blue Monday friends…click here for your listening pleasure – New Order will play in the background as we attempt to make this blue (it’s actually more turquoise, however this shot gives it a more royal blue hue) silk frock hot for the beginning of the work week. As it stands, it ain’t looking so pretty…
Step one is to get rid of those shoulder pads!
These ones had morphed into the size of softballs, lopsided I must add, over the 20 years that this dress stayed hidden in someone’s closet, so we had to remove. Next, I wanted to get rid of the high neck – I had an idea of where I was going and it wasn’t going to work with the neckline as it stood.
After trimming the neck, we had to trim the length as well – got out my Singer scissors, which are starting to get to the “must be sharpened” point, and chopped off the bottom.
Now, in my head, it was all starting to come together. I thought that with the excess fabric from the bottom of the dress, I would turn it into a fabulous bow. (I cut the excess fabric in half so it would be easy to tie)
And with the assistance of a safety pin, I pinned this to the new neckline, added a black Lily McNeal 3/4″ sweater from my closet, some tights and flat boots, and the Monday was starting to look totally blue, in the most amazing way.
The deep cut of the sweater really allowed the dress to pop through and I hearted the new non-high neck! This shot doesn’t really give that bow justice, however it looked pretty killer sashaying through the halls of the office today. Just to give it a lil’ more love, here’s another pic.
For a Sunday ensemble perfect for brunching, thrifting, and watching the US Olympic hockey team beat Canada I went with something that would work as a tunic so that yes, I could get out my leggings. It was a little cooler today with some rains here and there, so the staple comfy leg-coverings made an appearance. So did this…
I found a Barong – thanks to REF for the verification that it is indeed the traditional Filipino male wedding shirt – and wanted to make it work on me. I’m not a Filipino male but had every intention to rock it out as they do at their celebrations! Because it was a little larger on me, I took in the sleeves a bit as well as the width. I love the embroidery – the detail is absolutely stunning and I wanted to make it pop, so I grabbed my trusty box of dyes and went with a purple shade. After, you ask? It looked like this.
The perfect little tunic over my leggings and a black cami! I rolled up the sleeves and took my fave toad clasped belt to cinch the waist in a little more.
Chic, yes. And, the most comfy, colorful outfit to spend Sunday in? Yes to that as well.
Now I think today’s piece is one that goes to the fave list. It started out as the below…
It totally has the feel of an Olympic skier uniform, aside from the big, billowy skirt part – high neck, long and tight sleeves, kinda shiny…I know, I know – my mind has been stuck on the Winter Games, but it is totally reminiscent, n’est ce pas? We did need to fix that as there’s no way I’m toting along ski poles tonight. I wanted to open it up a bit on top and make it a tad shorter as well, so I began with seam ripping the three main seams on the top of the dress…
and when I opened the top up enough for just a little exposure,
I trimmed the fabric off and stitched down some new hems along the edges of my newly made neckline. I also turned the long sleeves into 3/4 sleeves with just a little trimming and cutting off action as well.
I also cut off about a foot of fabric from the bottom of the skirt and rehemmed it to a length that was a little higher than my knee. I snipped a small piece from that excess material and used it as a belt to gather and give a little more shape to the dress.
Hello new dress!! I have to be completely honest…when I was trying to figure out what to do with this puppy I wasn’t sure if opening up the top was going to work – the seams were in the perfect spots to make unhemming and rehemming easy but I thought it may look super 90s. It was worth a shot and when I started to see where it was going, I totally fell in love.
The high neck stayed intact and the new opening on the top of the dress ended up being a nice, little, breezy treat as we tore up the dance floor for JS’s birthday.
And to give you a better view, here is a closer up shot of my chestal area…
This one for sure goes on my “I Heart” list…many thanks to the lovely JS for assisting in making that happen because if it were not for her birthday celebratory eve full of tapas, wine and strawberry muddled cocktails tonight, this may not have come to fruition. She is also added to the “I Heart” list as well
Muumuu Friday!! That’s right friends, the muumuu is making an appearance today. I came across a pretty fab one last weekend and was saving it as a treat to end the work week with. With the amount of birthdays that were had over the past few days (DL, JH, EC, MR) I figured I could treat myself to a big, baggy, ripped under one sleeve present, right?
I didn’t take a pic, but underneath the right sleeve, the seam is completely ripped. Would be perf over the summer, as a little built-in air vent for your armpits, however it’s not that hot yet. Will perhaps try to make that look rock in August though…
I thought that instead of just reworking the muum (my new nickname for the muumuu, ps…) into a shorter, changed sleeve, new neck, added slit dress, I was going to make it work as top, of sorts. So first, I decided to cut the piece right down the middle.
After I cut a slit down the front of the muum, I pinned the jagged edges of both sides down underneath and sewed new seams. I wanted to make the sleeves a little tighter, so I took them in a few inches – this also assisted in fixing the hole under the right arm, as the new hem solved that ish immediately. I took the leftover fabric from Day 73 and made a sash from it to tie around my waist and we were ready to roll!
It’s a jackety-top now! During the day, I wore it with flip-flops and as it got cooler (literally and via Olympics viewing) I threw on my boots and my green hoodie and was ready for a night in LA or Vancouver
This was such a fun and comfy piece for the day that I may have to do something similar with my next muum find.
Unfortunately that caption from the pic above is in reference to that Miley Cyrus song that the Olympics can’t seem to stop playing when US athletes are snowboarding or skiing…it’s been on rotation (at least a double axel) in my head for the past few days. Too bad, ANY other artist didn’t come up with a USA themed song this year because I’m kind of close to sewing a needle through my finger Happy weekend! xx M