I'm finally getting to wear this piece that I've been teasing all month! Twas too hot for Texas, but now it's just right!!
"Marisa! I think this piece looks like one of those Little House on the Prairie dresses that you've played with before. I actually really like the floral print and it's corduroy too which makes it a dress that you can wear with those awesome boots of yours! Have fun with this and I really look forward to seeing what your crafty hands do with it! xo Jennifer in KY"
Jennifer, you know me so well. Boots it is!! However, this piece needs a bit of TLC before I lace 'em up!
I began by cutting the piece a bit shorter because it was hitting me in that weird mid-calf-y area. I'm not a huge fan of that length on me, so I decided to shorten it up!
Once the dress was shortened, I hit the sleeves next. With a seam ripper, i took out the stitches keeping the sleeves in place...
...and was left with this! Sleeveless party time!!
I didn't want to go completely sleeveless, so I sorted through my supplies and found some white fabric remnants with cutouts. They felt like pieces from an old tablecloth or cotton doily - just goodies from a Ziploc o'random findings and trim I scored for $1 in the garment district. Yay for finally finding a good use for these!
I began to pin the cotton trim around the sleeve lining up the middle of the remnant to the shoulder seam.
Once the trim was pinned, I sewed the new shorter hem...
...got my lace in place...
...and took the dress in about an inch and a half on each side of the torso. I wanted the body to be a bit slimmer, but wanted to keep the skirt bigger and pouffy!
I unbuttoned the top two buttons and folded the edges under to make a little, non-permanent, V neck, added a white tank, vintage tassel necklace, a vintage beige belt, some socks, and boots to finish up the outfit!
I loved the way the sleeves turned out! The cutouts in the fabric give them a super feminine feel and worked with the tank too.
I was actually a bit chilly tonight, but couldn't kick my sweet tooth craving. A trip to grab some froyo came right after dinner paired with a hoodie and my denim jacket. (PS, that jacket has been with me since 1996. Thanks Massapequa Mall on Long Island!)
I'm the biggest taste tester there is - I always end up asking for additional sample cups - but tonight I finally found a flavor that I spit out. I found my match. Praline Pecan (sugar free), I think you have become my yogurt nemesis. I couldn't have been more excited to toss out the .1 oz of you that I tasted, and this is coming from someone who isn't a waster. I mean, I hold onto all my shoulder pads after I cut them out to reuse down the road. Even though I felt duped by the Praline Pecan, Dulce de Leche came through like a champ. Mmmm.
Jennifer, thank you for sending this piece to me! Yay!