OK, this before pic is rather genius…
Day 167 - Before
It’s like I’m in a big clown dress, just sans a rainbow wig and red nose. There is this weird ruffle collar with some crazy long sash to tie at the neck which was just not happening. Plus with the polka-dotted fabric, it was all very, very wrong.
First thing’s first – I had to get rid of the ruffles as well as that sash around the neck. I used my seam rippers to take it all out.
Once that was done, I cut the sleeves in half and shortened up the length.
Then a little bit of seam ripping down the front of the dress…
…brought a little V-neck action to fruition! After those three tweaks, I put the dress on and used the sash that was around the neck as a belt.
Day 167 - After
This one turned out fabulous!! Loved the length and the new dropped neckline. I paired a vintage gold tassel necklace from eBay that fit perfectly right in the center of the V as well as my brown sandals. Just the thing to meet up with girlfriends for happy hour.
I went with the Delirium…
Nothing beats a delish Belgium brew and it was the drink that we started and ended the night with. Today Happy Hour carried us all the way to last call…
…where I feel the need to dance the robot. As some old school 80s tunes jammed in the background like, The Mary Jane Girls’ “In My House”, I just had to bring the moves. If you were there, you would have been dancing alongside me.
TGIF! Happy weekend friends
Now I totally hearted this little dress when my hands grabbed it from a big ole pile of stuff. Yes, it was slightly Shirley Temple, but I tapped danced my way out of this pile sale with it in my bag of dollar goods!
Day 61 - Before
I tried it on and because it had an elastic waist, it fit me like a glove. And the best part? The belt that was made for it actually came with it! This is a first friends – no makeshift belting action! There were two big issues though. One, the shoulder pads!! Again with the matching fabric foam enemies…gross me out!
I handled this sitch stat and cut ’em out.
Peace out pads!!
Now that the heightened shoulder problem has left the building, all that was needed was a little length tweaking. I cut some of the bottom off to make it knee-ish length and it was ready to go! Now, the polka dotted pattern was bold and that collar was a statement all on its’ own, so I wanted to mellow it down a bit. Going for less ringlet Shirley Temple and more retro librarian 🙂 I decided to take one of my fave cardigans, a “vintage” (circa 2005) Trina Turk number, roll up the sleeves, put the matching belt on top of it along with patterned tights and boots.
Day 61 - After
I actually loved the back even more…
Day 61 - After (From the back!)
Was very proud of this end product. I even got complimented coming out of the grocery store tonight…they must have seen the bottle of vino popping out of my bag. This was a baking, boozing, blogging Friday eve for me friends. The best way to close the week!
Hope all your weekends’ rule! xx Marisa