I got the piece du jour from Miss Amber Lena in the Pacific Northwest!
Hi Marisa - I thrift almost every weekend because I sell outfits on my blog and I keep seeing this tunic. I love the pattern and I think it's homemade. I love your site and am curious how you will restyle this - I got it for 99 cents! I love your site and talent. Amber Lena
So sweet to think of me Amber :)
It's a mid-calfy mix between a tunic and a muumuu...a tuumuu or a muunic perhaps (thoughts??)...and I'm just not digging the length. I got my scissors in hand ready to go!
I started with a chop and took off a foot from the bottom.
I'm actually going to use the excess material today, woo! I started cutting off about two inch segments from what was leftover - I'm going to make ruffles with these guys.
I took some white grosgrain ribbon and began to gather and pin the material to it - this is going to get stitched down in a few and attached at the neck!
There was a wooden button in the center of the piece that didn't really work, so I got rid of that next. I like wooden hardware, but this solo button was a bit random. The seam ripper did a stellar job and it totally earned an A.
I stitched my ruffles down to the ribbon...
...and then stitched this piece around the collar. There was solid maroon fabric in place at the neck, so I followed the edging and stitched the ribbon/ruffle combo down to the top. Next I grabbed some navy grosgrain and stitched that down in-between the white ribbon and the maroon fabric...
...I wanted a darker shade to bring together the boldness of the white ribbon so this was a nice (and easy addition). Once the ribbon was secure, I added another layer of ruffles underneath the ruffles that were already in place. Just a little more texture at the neck never hurts!!
My top was finally finished! Hooah (in my best Al Pacino)!!
...just a little tweakage to make this something easy to pair with jeans...
...or rock lots of sewing in!!
I got to hang with one of my favorite gals, AW, and we had a night of remaking pieces from her closet. Her sewing machine was de-dusted and we caught up as we sewed the night away.
Her once 'too long' jungle print dress was now 'just right'.
Nothing like a little friendship sew circle to close out the work week!
Amber Lena, aka Fashion Bargainista, thank you so much for sending this my way!!