First of all, I hope every enjoyed their Holidays! I had a wonderful time with my family but it feels good to get back into a normal routine. Don’t worry, I have a Christmas refashion for you. I did not forget!
I had this plaid dress and scottie dog print shirt for sometime now and I had always wanted to incorporate the two together. Here was my chance!
First thing is first! Away with the shoulder pads!
I cut my dress in half, keeping most of the buttons on the top half.
I decided to make this dress into a crop jacket and skirt! I sewed a new hem on the bottom of the jacket
For my skirt I folded over the top to make a casing for some elastic at the waistline. (I feel that elastic skirts are more comfortable for me, Yes I am probably getting old!)
The crop jacket needed a little slimming up so I took it in where the original darts were.
Then I took it in a little more on each side, up around the armpit and little down the sleeves.
Next, I measured for the elastic around my waist. I left an overlap of 1 1/2 inches so I could sew it together once it was in the casing of the skirt.
I sewed the casing on the top of the skirt leaving 2 inches open so that I could thread the elastic through.
Using my Bodkin to thread the elastic through. (You could also use a safety pin)
Once the elastic was all the way through, I secured the ends together. This is were the 1 1/2inch overlap came in.
Now for the 3rd and final piece of my outfit!. I began by removing the sleeves. (This is classic Marisa, always removing the sleeves)
I sewed a new hem for the arm holes and then took the shirt in on each side. (No measuring here, just eyeballed it)
Lastly, I made 3 cutouts around the neckline to add a little more pizzaz! I did not stitch around the raw edges because it was a cotton fabric and I was not worried about it fraying in the wash.
The complete outfit!
Without the jacket!