Lisa in Phoenix sent me a most fabulous dress that I got to play with today!
I look forward to seeing how you can transform a dated or unattractive garment into something very stylish. I found the blue dress at a thrift store for $1. I loved the rhinestone embellishment.
I love that rhinestone embellishment too!! The rest of the piece...well...
...not so much.
And there's no mistake that she got it for a buck!
Time to get crackin' on this sweet deal of a dress!
I began by trimming the outer later of the dress off. I wanted the top portion to be used for the remake.
I got rid of the shoulder pads while I was trimming...
...and had all this leftover!
I trimmed the armhole edges as close to the seams as possible once the piece was on its own, separate from the under layer.
I'm going to be turning the piece around, so I had to remove the seam that was down the center of the old back of the dress, because it's going to be the new front!
The length was a bit too long for me, so I trimmed it shorter - I took off about six inches just to hike it up a smidge because I wanted this to be a jacket-y/cover up and not hit my knees.
I ironed the edges down where I opened the seam to prep for some sewing.
I got out my sewing machine and stitched the areas where I cut the piece short as well as creating new seams down each side of the front. After all my sewing, my new cover-up was complete!
After hearing about all the Coachella stories from the past two weekends from friends, I thought I'd put together my own desert-y, concert-chic ensemble using my new top. I paired the piece with my staple grey tank from Urban Outfitters, a vintage beaded bag and some vintage neck baubles, along with a pair of boots I snagged at a sample sale with my thrifted American Eagle shorts.
I loved the rhinestones in the back of the piece now! It's like a little bit of flair from behind.
And to be totally honest, I'm not usually a shorts wearer, however I thought they totally worked with this piece! (I know...it's so weird that I'm not a shorts person!)
This outfit is really getting me ready for summer...we've only seen little glimpses of crazy summertime heat, but those days are getting me very excited. I'm hoping that those of you who just saw a bit more snow have the heat closer than ever now! I'm willing lots of rays of sunshine your way!
Lisa, thank you so much for sending this piece to me! I had a blast getting to remake it!