I loved this print so much that I picked it up out of piles of clothes at a garage sale without really knowing what it was. It totally screamed, "It's A Sunshine Day" á la The Brady Bunch and that could have been why I loved it so much.
I wasn't sure if it was a pillowcase at first, however once I held it up I saw that it was a tube dress of sorts...just one without any straps and a wonky top portion!!
Time to get this Memorial Day weekend-ready!!
I started off by trimming the bottom portion of the dress!
Since the waistline fell at a weird spot on my body, I decided to create one that really fit! I turned the piece inside out, pinched about an inch of material above the gathered waist, and pinned this area right where the matched the gathering. Basically I'm making a little pocket of space where I can add some elastic!
I sewed down the area at the waist...
...got my elastic...
...took out a few stitches from where I just sewed to put the elastic in...
...and then started putting in the elastic! My trick with adding or replacing elastic at the waist is to take a safety pin to guide the elastic all the way around.
Once the elastic made a complete revolution around the waist...
...I sewed the edges together to secure!
I created a little bit of shape at the neckline, added another cinch & pinch move at the bust, and then stitched some white elastic straps to keep this puppy in place!
From weird pillowcase-y/tube dress to fun new sundress!!
I was going to use the same black elastic that I used for the waist as my straps, but made a game time decision and went with the white to match the daisies. I might go back and replace with the black before I re-wear this weekend :)
To give it a little bit of edge, I added a vintage RJ Graziano bangle, my studded black Steve Madden bag, and my aviators...
...with a pair of almost brand new Joseph Campbell wedges I got at Crossroads after I traded in some old clothes.
I have a few BBQs this weekend and I will most definitely be wearing this to one of them!
Oh and PS, I have to prepare a dessert for one of the get-togethers and I'm thinking about something fruit based. Anyone have any awesome summery/fruity dessert ideas? Would love to hear from you guys while I do some Martha Stewart/epicurious/Pinterest sorting! I'm going to add whatever I find to my Must Make Sweet Treats board on Pinterest and hashtag them - #SummerBBQDesserts - so keep me posted on your thoughts in the comments below or on Pinterest/Twitter using the same hashtag!