I absolutely fell in love with this piece when I found it.
OK, there were ripped lace sleeves and some of the seam was coming undone up top, but just look at that fabric?! I love the colors and the medley of flowers – this would totally be what I’d pick at the florist.
Unfortunately in the current state, these flowers are dying!
I started by getting rid of the tattered lace straps.
Once those were removed…
…it was time to mend the upper seam. I pinned down an inch from the top of the piece…
…and also pinned the body where I wanted to take the piece in. I’m going for a summery, strapless, flowy skirt-esque dress, so I want the top as fitted as possible.
With my pins in place I began to stitch. A new seam was created up top and the dress was taken in about two and a half inches on each side.
After being stitched, I trimmed off the excess fabric from inside the dress. This was a lovely spandexy-polyester material, so the cutting was easy.
I folded over the top of the dress one time, added some sandals, and used the already there pockets for my phone/gloss/parking ticket.
There’s really nothing like wall art in an elevator to keep you entertained instead of awkwardly looking at the floor lights light up with a group of random strangers in the same 5’X5′ floating cube. I like to be friendly and smile when I enter the elevator, but sometimes the other passengers aren’t so receptive to the niceties. Scoping out the Toto album art made my day as I hit up Trader Joe’s for some rations.
I even ran into a local reader Carol in line at Ralph’s, my second market stop of the day!! I channeled the beach while I was driving my hot car and enjoyed a little stop in the freezer section at the market and pretended it was a pool – just the things you do to enjoy your ‘errand Sunday’ instead of actually getting to be at those places.
Maybe next Sunday my feet will actually be touching real water instead of frozen peas**.
(**Seriously, no frozen peas were harmed by my feet in this post, promise.)