I was beyond in love with this piece and honestly, if it wasn't so tight in the crotch-al area (you gals know what I mean) I would have made this work. Unfortunately circulation was being cut off and it just wasn't meant to be.
There was a lot of fab going on in a Michael J. Fox/Back to the Future kinda way (look at those shoulders!!)...
...but the bottom portion had to get loosened up a bit. And by a bit, I mean completely!
To begin, I trimmed the pant legs to right above the knees.
Post trim, I needed to open up that crotch-al area!! I'm turning this into a skirt, so I began to remove all the stitches on the inseam.
Once the bottom portion was completely opened I re-pieced together the front and the back, pinning a new seam down the front center...
...and one down the back. I went on a slight diagonal just to give a little more wiggle room :)
I stitched up my seams on the front and back of the piece...
...and then stitched a new hem.
My brand new piece is looking good!!!
I must say that by making that one major tweak, I'm highly in love with how the former jumpsuit looks now! I'm poppin' collars like a boss!!
I paired my new dress with some black BCBG heels and a vintage beaded purse to break up the red/white palette.
And even though the top portion still feels a bit retro, the pockets and cleaned up feel of the bottom give it a totally current look.
It's still warm here in Southern California, so my "winter" wardrobe has been a bit modified this season! This is a piece that I can't get enough of, so I'll be wearing it again soon. Perhaps when it actually hits 50 degrees I can add some stockings and a sweater?!?
Also, the zippered area in front makes this piece SO easy to get in and out of! Zipper > buttons, any day!!