This dress was ruffle-y, from the 80s/early 90s brand All That Jazz, and patterned like crazy!!
I did like all the ruffles going on, however it was a bit too much with the black/lavender/beige/white pattern that felt a bit jungle-ish.
I like the bones of the dress and think it can be brought out of the early 90s, because right now I'm still hearing Hootie and the Blowfish in the background :)
I began with my scissors and got cutting!!
I want to make this two pieces - I'm going to use the top part today, so I trimmed the piece in two, following the seam below the top ruffle. Post-trim, I had all this leftover...
...but will be reusing soon! The top was separated...
...and next came the removal of the big shoulder pads! I took my seam ripper and began to cut those stitches keeping them attached!
Later thick pads!!
Once the pads were out, I put the top on and cinched the area right underneath each arm. Basically I gathered a bit of the ruffle action and cinched it together to make the ruffle-ing more prominent at the shoulders instead of at the body. I just used some safety pins so I can remove and play around with it differently next time!
I paired the top with a thick elastic belt, just to break up the pattern a bit and headed off for some sausages and beer to celebrate JMT's birthday!
Oh, and there were pretzels too...
...lots and lots of pretzels.
Our server even gave us some to take home.
I'm literally going to turn into a SuperPretzel by Friday.
We had fun playing around with the beer steins and sampling each others sauerkraut and sausages! (The wild boar was pretty delish!)
Such a fun night to celebrate such a fun friend.
PS, JMT was totally ringing in the new birth year in my favorite t-shirt...
Love the girls! Love my friends! And cue the intro tune "Thank You For Being A Friend" now :)