Here's the close up of that glitter...
Let's just say that it wasn't the most comfortable garment to try on, but it was a dollar and it had a whole lot of potential. Where are those jazz hands?!
I started by cutting the piece in half - I began to trim right under where the zipper ended.
When I was through, I had two separate pieces and decided to use the bottom half today. Working with the skirt first!!
Because the edges were a bit jagged where I trimmed at the top, I did a quick stitch around to create a new seam. We don't want any metallic stragglers or fraying!
This newly stitched area is going to be my neckline (yay!) but not before some cinching and pinching action because it's too big! I need this to fit around my neck, so I tried the piece on and measured the amount of excess fabric that needed to be cinched for the piece to fall mid-chest. I gathered about four inches of fabric at the seam from each side (at the shoulders) and pinned this material in place.
Now if I wanted a poncho the piece would be complete, however I want to make it an actual top, so it's sleeve-making time.
I marked the area where my arm would comfortably hang on the front and back of the fabric and stitched a little seam to create makeshift arm holes.
Once the new arms were made, I took one of my favorite brooches and clipped it to the center of the shirt. Paired with jeans and a tank underneath (just in case the flowy top moves a little too much in the wind) I had a party-ready top!
I feel like I'm wearing a cape and I LOVE capes!
You can see the arm holes that were made - the short seam is right below my arm.
This top totally warranted a spin move on the sidewalk. Were neighbors getting out of their cars with groceries looking at me twirl around on the street, yes. Did I care, absolutely not!
I had a little shindig to attend and thought my silver frock was totally birthday worthy!
When I got inside, the light madness paired with my camera made me look like a mix between a Saturday Night Fever extra...
Luckily there was only confetti coming from the ceiling and not buckets of pig's blood.
We danced to celebrate the birth of T and I think I lost a bit of my hearing in the interim.
I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the sparkly nature of my top - it rivaled the strobe lights.
The top part of the dress will see the light down the road...