If my mom wore this dress in the 80s, it would have been one that I coveted as a kid!
The teal suede sash in front? Better than Miss America!
And that print! It's like an abstract piece of art - brush strokes all over.
It's a little much as is...
...but I'm going to make it winter ready in just a few steps!
The sash was the first thing to go! I grabbed my seam ripper and delicately began removing the stitches holding the sash in place.
With it removed...
...I had to restitch the seam at the shoulder to close this area up. I pinned the open portion and prepped for a quick stitching!
The rest of the dress was a bit too big, so I took in a few inches to make it a bit more fitted.
I removed the extra teal buttons that were on the dress to keep the sash in place and finished all my sewing.
With a little belt cinching action (as well as a neutral color to break up all the jewel tones), my new dress was ready for a Denver day of walking!
I had a sweater and gloves with me, but the weather was in the 70s!! I thought I left LA to get snow and sleet, not warmish temperatures :) I was able to legitimately wear the sweater at night though when it got a bit chillier.
These boots tho... The best pair of walking boots I could have asked for!
(PS - for Cyber Monday, if you're looking for some good boots for the fam, Sierra Trading Post is having some major sales. That's where these came from! Lunch break = boots browsing today!)
I loved how the lining of the dress was teal too. When I walked, and depending on how the dress fell, you could see it pop through.
When there's a lion statue, you have to pet it. It had quite the furry mane!
I loved how this turned out! Removing a dated sash and just making the piece a little more fitted changes everything!