I had a very successful day yesterday. As part of my handmade/secondhand Christmas plan, I scored some really great things at a big garage sale in Georgia. I got my mom and my sister some nice shirts from White House | Black Market for $1 each. I found a really nice men’s coat, also for $1, and hope to give it to my dad or my brother [the size it cut off of it, so I don’t know who it will fit]. I also made this skirt:
The original was part of a two-piece padded shoulder dress thing that I bought at a thrift store for $1. The original skirt was a high-waste pleated/bunched thing that went down to my mid-calf.
Do you see the pattern? They’re sort of like neon roses. I cut about 9 inches off of the bottom and added a 2-inch elastic waist to the top. I so desperately wanted to give you a tutorial, I took the pictures and all, but the truth is I really used some hacks to get this one to work. But it is lovely.
Not too bad for $1. Keep a lookout for this fabric, you will see this one return soon. I have 9 inches from the bottom and a whole top to use.
I found this skirt at the Goodwill in Savannah.
I’m always apprehensive about buying things at Goodwill because they’re usually in the $4 range, and sometimes require a lot of work (I have a perfect example of this in an upcoming dress.) But the print on this dress was way to fun. But what exactly is it?
Dancing women and men in 90’s business attire? Whatever it was, I wanted it on my body.
I hate hemming. So I cut this one from the top. I had to remove the zipper and re-sew that seam. From there it was pretty simple.
I folded the top over about an inch and pinned it, prepping it for the elastic.
The guy on the right next to the seam is my favorite. Anyway, Then I sewed it down, leaving room for elastic to enter. I didn’t want an inch of elastic, but that was all I had, so I cut it in half lengthwise. My biggest fear was it losing the elasticity, but it worked fine. Then I threaded the elastic through my seam.
Then I sewed the elastic in tight. At the end, I grabbed a black ribbon (about two inches thick) that I’ve had for years. I wrapped it around creating a high waistline. The ribbon moves, so I had to sew it on to the dress, which gives it a more professional feel anyway.
Here’s the result (so much sunburn):
This is a fun one. I’ve already worn it out to do some errands.
Thanks to my lovely beau, who took time away from watching The Big Lebowski to take pictures of me.