I've been in a sewing funk lately, not wanting anything to do with my sewing machine and having all these ideas in my head but just unable to get them out. I was hoping that by doing this project it would get me out of this blah mood.
So, background story...my mom had this two piece suit from the 80's. It was a pair of navy capri pants with an attached white t-shirt, then it came with a matching vest. I found it in my mom's closet when I was looking for a Moaning Myrtle costume for a Harry Potter party a few years ago (it worked perfectly). Eventually, I got rid of the pants and top but I fell in love with the vest. The problem? It was a 4 petite, and I don't even fit in a 2 petite. I was only going to make it smaller but decided that I could do more with it.
This is what the vest turned into:
The before image:
and the back:
At first I cut the back open down the center and brought the front of the vest up But the back was so bad (it didn't iron right and the cheap fabric was a pain to work with) that I just decided to make another back:
I decided that I wanted a pencil skirt with the vest, so I got the pattern from Diana Rupp's book "S.E.W.: Sew Everything Workshop". (Good book, I recommend it). After the dress was finished, I remembered a belt I saw somewhere..and decided to make a similar belt:
This is my first real reconstruction, and I'm really proud of myself with this. And I think I got some of my motivation back! Thanks for looking!!! And one more picture just 'cause.