I wonder who's wardrobe this came from??
Rosie on Facebook called it my "bonsai tree number" which I was absolutely obsessed with, so that became my new name for it. (Thank you Rosie!!) It was finally time to make it work.
I knew exactly what I was going to do once I turned it around...
The light bulb went off and I was ready to start pruning my bonsai tree!
I began with my seam ripper and started to cut the threads holding my sleeves in place!
Using the band at the neck as my guide, I got one sleeve off...
...and then the other! I loved the round shape that the top panel made and wanted that to be my new collar/cap-sleeve, duo of excellence!
(I also ended up using my seam ripper to take off about a 1/4" worth of stitches from each side of the front material attached to the panel. I did this to make the neck panel more pronounced against my skin once it gets put on.)
I pinned the raw edges under at the armholes to prep for sewing and then got to my length next. I cut off about a foot of the length and then cut thinner strips of fabric from my remnants.
I pulled the polyester fabric strips to form these string-like pieces...
...and then braided them together to make a belt for my new dress.
I stitched up my edges...
...and added my braided belt and some heels, creating a dress totally suitable for an afternoon shindig!!
I just love how the neck turned out!
So I actually didn't end up wearing this to an afternoon shindig (however if I had one to attend this weekend, I most definitely would have) but did wear it to a birthday gathering for one of my favorite (and funniest) pals.
I took the daytime "heels and below the knee" look and switched it up a bit to make it work for evening. I added ankle boots, a denim jacket, and untucked some extra material from the belted waist to shorten the dress naturally.
It was a karaoke/dance party and I totally felt a little country-ish in my ensemble.
If only I brought a hat and could belt out some Shania, then I'd totally channel my inner cowgirl in this bonsai dress!!
Hope everyone had a most lovely weekend! Happy Monday, friends!