Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Red Dress

Can it be saved?

After the initial post about my 50¢ thrift store dresses, my brother commented on Facebook saying that when they sold me the red dress they basically robbed me of my 50¢. 

Now, taken as a whole, it's pretty much, well, terrible. The top was boxy, bulky and had shoulder pads (ick!), and as a whole looked more like something one of the piano players at church would wear than something I'd don in public. 

But I liked the color and the pleated skirt. So choppage commenced.

Shoulder pads...GONE!

Stiff plastic mesh stuff that added to the boxiness of the shoulders.

This was a weird pleat on the front of the dress that I removed.
Flaps to give the illusion of pockets. They were awkwardly placed in the chest area, so they went bye-bye too.
After all the seam ripping and odd part removing, I was left with a dress that needed a LOT of fabric removed in the top to turn it into something that didn't resemble a big red sack on my mid-section.

I was at a loss as to how to rectify it without it looking stupid, so it sat with my sewing stuff for almost 2 months.

I am happy to say, inspiration finally struck.  Also, I can honestly say, the thrift store did not rob me of my 50¢. In fact, I kind of think it was a steal on my part. Because that one sad, ugly dress turned into 2 skirts!

Matching skirts!
Smelling the pretty flowers