Having grown up around water all my life I have always been attracted to the color blue. When I looked up what shade Pantone’s Riverside Blue was, I was in love! How lucky am I to get to work with such a beautiful shade of blue!
While scouting around for the perfect Riverside blue shade I found this perfect button down shirt! I also I found this beautiful 2-tone dress (I just love the pleated bottom).
First, I separated the bottom from the top of the dress.
Removed the sleeves from the button down shirt.
Cut the back of the shirt off to make it into a halter.
Swapped out the white buttons for tan buttons.
I cut the collar down it’s middle, cut off 1 inch and then sewed it back together.
Took in the back seam by 1 inch at the top and down to 1/2 inch in the middle.
To finish things off I added tan bias tape along the arm holes and the back of my dress top.
I sewed a casing for elastic on the bottom half of the dress. Fed through elastic that was measured to my waist. (Trust me, with the pleats it was NOT an easy task, actually quite annoying)!
Lastly, I sewed my blue halter top to my pleated dress bottom to make a whole new dress!
Accessories:For the last month I have been saying to myself that I am going to sew a tote to cart my stuff off of our boat and to the pool area. When we are at our boat I always have my hands full of chapstick, sunscreen, sunglasses, magazines so I really needed a small tote with organized slots for all of my stuff. I just haven’t found the time, until now! I took a reusable wine tote from the grocery store and hand sewed it into a small purse (luckily for me it was blue!) I used fabric paint to paint a damask print in blue. I also wrapped the handles with brown and blue ribbon!
Remember these wedge heels from my Tunic Challenge? Whelp, I snipped off the button I sewed on and began again. I drew a tie dye design with a blue sharpie, squirted rubbing alcohol onto my design to make it all blend together and let it dry in the sun.
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