I hope you're enjoying the costume series that just started! I still want to get a few upcycled remakes posted in-between all of the Halloweening, so today you get a housecoat! I bought this YEARS ago with the intention of doing something cool with it, however I just never seemed to be inspired enough to tweak it.
The print was killer and I loved the chiffon, however at the end of the day, it was a buttoned robe. I finally got inspired with a trip to Palm Springs planned. Kinda seems like something that should be worn in the desert, n'est-ce pas?
First thing to hit the road, besides me (!!) was the ruffled collar.
With help from my seam ripper, I removed all the stitching around the neckline, and had a completely detached collar.
Moving on, it was now time to go short!
I trimmed off the bottom portion of the piece and then pinned under the raw edges to prepare a new hem to be sewn.
I stitched down my neck...
...and then tweaked the hem...
...and was left with the perfect Megan Draper-esque pool cover-up for my poolside afternoon in Palm Springs!
I always lather up with sunscreen but love having some extra coverage to totally avoid the sunburn. This was the perfect piece because it was light and airy, I could walk around the pool not feeling overly exposed, and it made me feel like I was in an episode of Mad Men.
The cabana cushion and pillows were totally in my color palette too. Greens, oranges, and yellows, oh my!! I think I'm going to repurpose this into an actual "jacket" (it's still 90 degrees here in Los Angeles, so I'm using the jacket term quite loosely) to wear on top of a tank top/jeans combo this weekend. It gives just enough flair to make a basic jeans/t pair pop. I'll make sure to document photographically!