I loved it. I really did. But.... it didn't love me. I'm talking about the Koos Skirt, Vogue 2971, blogged about here. I loved (and still do!) the fabric, the colors, the combination, the design, the downright FUN-ness of it all! But.....it didn't love me.
In spite of the fact that I had cut 4" off the length, all that fabric flowing around my ankles just did NOT work in activities like walking up & down stairs, and the bell-shape at the hemline kept getting caught in shoes, and in the end it was just all too much.
Packing for a hot summer get-away, I needed something that would help me beat the heat - like a sundress. So while playing with what I had, I pulled this skirt over my boobs and said to self, "AHA!!!! It's not a skirt, it's a sundress!!!" It did need straps though, both to make it bra-friendly and to keep it secure (something I can't really rely on B-cup boobs to do)
A quick draft of something in between a sleeveless top and straps should be an easy fix, she says to self....
Did I mention that I put a completely unnecessary zipper in the skirt? Sandwiched between two layers of fabric and sewn in VERY sturdily? I thought I could just leave the zip in place, but that would be a little too shoddy, so out came the ripper. A couple of hours of ripping & resewing the seam, an hour or so of drafting the top, some head-scratching time of trying out just how to attach the new top neatly, some adjustments here & there, and a couple of days later (well, that's what it SEEMED like) I finally had a piece that has even MORE fun-ness than the skirt!
I wore it on my hot get-away, and again while delighting in some rare warm Bay Area weather the past few days, and I've been happily gathering the compliments. :)
SO comfy, and I'll get a lot more wear out of it as a dress
(as long as I can find some warm weather to hang out in!)
Showcasing the FUN-ness :)
Which is ready-made for twirling :)
I had more of the Batik Boutique fabric, which was perfect for the straps:
I was even able to sort of match the top to the skirt,
so that the pattern flowed as if I meant to do it that way from the beginning ;-)
And, just for fun:
The above was a shot taken at my friends' import & art store, Shiva Moon, in Nevada City (the heat wave destination). They don't have a website (Hey, Jagdish & Simone, Why NOT????), but do visit their wonderfully eclectic store on Main Street if you're up in Nevada City :)
Here's to transformations and Making It Work!