Thursday, March 31, 2016

Salvaging a 70's Outfit

My project today is a two piece masterpiece from the 70's. I was born in the 70's so I recognize the look of the decade. This design was so busy. I wanted to make it more wearable and less crazy.

 The wrap top is so small that I couldn't wear it. But check out that great pattern! Yowza! I can't imagine what I would look like in the top and a long skirt all in this fabric. The colorful flowers would overwhelm the eyes of anyone who saw me.

Since the top didn't fit, I had this bottom half to work with. It was a wrap skirt. It was made for a VERY slender person. A VERY tall person too. I am neither, so I need to get to work. 

When I spread it out I could see it had a lining that was still in good shape. That was great because the fabric would be too sheer without it. I cut the top part of the skirt off. It was just to small to fit around any part of my body. The lining was so slippery and it was sliding all over the place. I had cut off the waistband where it was attached. It was only sewn in on the sides of the piece I was trying to work with. It drove me crazy!

Cut, cut, cut.                                                             Look at that nice lining!

I wanted to make a casing and hid the elastic inside it. I did that but it was uneven. I had to rip it out and I could see I tore it slightly. The fabric was not strong enough to survive this battle. I quit fighting and just attached some coordinating blue elastic at the waistband. It was easier and faster. This is a basic "junior high home economics project" type of skirt. That's OK with me. This look is more fun than formal.

I still have the matching top. I am not sure what I can do with it. This pattern is enough cute and quirky as one piece by itself. A whole matchy-matchy outfit is TOO much of a good thing. But if anyone wants it, let me know in the comment section. It can be yours!

Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.

4 comments: said...

Love this, Chickie! Wish I was small enough to wear the top, because I love the print. Great job!

I Can Work With That said...

Thanks! Me too. Courtney! It is so fabulous but it was a size 00. I couldn't get all of me into that top.

Anonymous said...

I recently rescued a small Kathy Lee maxi skirt from the $1 rack- way to small as was, but I chopped off about 10 inches from the top and made an elastic casing. Now there is just enough give to slide into it, and it hits me at about the knee

I Can Work With That said...

That sounds like a great refashion rescue!