It was large on me and I had some ideas as soon as I saw the seam between the top portion of the lining and the pleated skirt.
Time to get to work, Andie Walsh-style!!
I began by trimming the piece in two, cutting right around the inch and a half mark above the pleated skirt.
I'm still going to work on the lace portion down the road, but today I'm focusing on the bottom!
I loved the rounded portion of the seam which originally fell right around the stomach, and thought this would be gorgeous as a top, using the rounded area as my center. i pinned the raw edges down to prep a new seam next.
Since we're making this a top, I found some pretty tan elastic that would work perfectly as straps. I liked this pink/brown combo, keeping it super neutral. I measured the amount of elastic, cut, and pinned both pieces in place on the front and back of the top...
...and sewed them in place. A new seam was sewn next and the top was taken in at the bust to make it as fitted as possible. I wanted to maintain the flowiness, of the top, so I didn't take in the piece where it was pleated.
Post-sew, my new top was ready for a night in, crafting with girlfriends.
I love the bohemian feel and this is something that could totally work with a longer fitted skirt underneath as well.
For my chill night in, I threw on my Havaianas and a vintage necklace that had beads in the exact same shade as my top. (I love when that happens!)
The fabulous CS hosted a summer "craftevening" complete with a Swedish smorgasbord of eats paired with sewing. The table of sweets was ridiculous...
...but the table with Swedish meatballs and a homemade smörgåstårta (basically a savory, sandwich cake) was where I was headed. CS doesn't mess around when she plans these crafty nights!
We started off catching up and noshing and then got down to crafty business! There were embroidery hoops and instructions for everyone...
...along with tons of stencils to choose from. All the Sublime Stitching prints were fabulous!
I was going to go with a zombie but then settled on this...
Maybe I was inspired by the real deal that we were feasting on?
I grabbed my colors...
...and started embroidering! Nothing like a little bit of shrimp sushi to make me happy!
I'll get the after shot up as soon as it's done! New art for the kitch, perhaps?? We'll just have to wait and see where this ends up!