This tweed dress remake was one of my favorites from last year! It's President's Day, so this tweed look felt a bit Washington to me - perfect thing to re-post for today! My sewing machine has come out of the moving boxes, so it's back to the grind! You'll see what I've been working on this week. I hope those of you who have off today enjoy an extra bit of R&R, Three day weekends are always a treat!
I've had this tweed dress for a while but just haven't been inspired to do anything with it. Do you guys ever feel that way about things - you either have errands, projects, or tasks to complete and you just can't motivate to get 'em done? I feel that way about many things (I have a bag of clothes in my trunk that need to be dropped off at the dry cleaners, yet they've been there since Thanksgiving...) and this dress has been one that I've just been staring at.
It's still way warmer here than anywhere else in the country (Atlanta, where y'all at right now?? The newscasts have been comparing your city to The Walking Dead. Just stay safe and beware of those zombies, k!!) but a chill in air has started to make way. Today I finally brought out the tweed to make it work.
It's about as close to a winter wardrobe as I'm going to get right now!
In figuring out what kind of piece I'd actually enjoy wearing, I came to the conclusion that this would only need a few adjustments. First off, cutting it a little shorter. I used the bottom button as my guide and trimmed right underneath it.
I love the fabric leftover! I'm thinking about something fabulous that I want to turn this into. (Stay tuned!!)
Once I trimmed the bottom, I prepped the raw edges to be hemmed. The bottom button/buttonhole were folded under and I used those as my guides to make my way 'round. It was going to be the perfect length to hit right above the knee!
It was a smidge too big, so I took in a little over an inch - I didn't want it to be tight, but thought it could benefit from a minor alteration.
I added some tights and boots to my new jumper and I was ready for the day!
I loved the idea of adding a blouse with a big bow peeking through, but because the bow was hidden beneath the buttons, I opened the top two and folded the ends under so the bow was front and center.
I couldn't resist breaking out one of my favorite Goodwill Outlet (in Queens!) finds as well, a vintage black briefcase. It was perfect to tote around my laptop in!
Oh, and there were pockets!!
This is the perfect work ensemble - mixing some patterns and mixing some fabrics to liven up what used to be a tired tweed dress.
Yay for a new piece that works well with all kinds of layering, no matter how deep into the Polar Vortex you are!!