I had absolutely no idea what to do with it, so I took a dance break...
...and then put on my thinking cap.
I saw this piece as a challenge, which is usually why I grab anything in the first place! Time to get cutting!
I started off cutting off a chunk of the bottom portion of the dress, just because it was going to be easier to work with the piece once a foot of fabric was removed.
I was playing around with this remnant piece and turned it into something right away which will get posted shortly! Now that I was left with the top portion of the piece, I grabbed my rotary cutter and mat and began to plot out how this was going to take shape.
I wanted to make this a shrug of sorts that was a little longer in the back, so I folded the piece in half tacking down the center front spot as one point and center back spot as my other point. (Basically I had the shirt folded with the shoulder in the center.) This is going to allow for cutting both layers at once to create a matching shape.
I started cutting below the buttons, creating a round shape that went all the way to the back of the piece.
After my cuts, I unfolded the piece to see how it turned out, and then snipped a line from the center of trimmed area all the way up to the bottom of the buttoned area to open it up completely.
I didn't do any sort of hemming as this piece is a lovely varietal of polyester, so pulls, scmulls :) With some Gap jeans, vintage boots, and a white H&M tank, my outfit was complete!!
I also created a version for when it cooled down later in the evening as well...
So, the sleeves stayed striped!! I was definitely on the fence about removing a portion of them, but when I started to see what the piece was looking like while I was working, I thought they needed to stay. With a bit of other colors coming into the situation, they just didn't feel too overwhelming anymore.
I love the neck and by buttoning only the top button, it really made this area pop. The neck feels way more pronounced now!
I kept thinking how this was my much smaller version of Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!!
Oh, and one of the best parts was matching the plateware (and the pasta) at dinner. Now I know to always wear this piece when I'm dinnering at M & T's place!
What started off as super horrendous...
...turned into something that I'm obsessed with. I also couldn't wait to get out my sweater coat that had been holed up in my closet for the past six months! It's so interesting to see this piece with the striped sleeves covered up because I'm sure nobody would ever think about all the crazy business underneath!
I'm totally into that crazy business :)
Happy Weekend, friends!!