Hey everyone! Happy Friday!
I hope you’ve all had a great week so far.
My week has been crazy busy!
My family is going through a lot of changes as of late and it’s been a very stressful and overwhelming time.
When I feel overwhelmed, exercising helps to release some of the stress and tension I’m feeling.
Prayer also helps, because I tend to be a major worrier, and it’s usually me worrying about things that I have no control over. I found that when I remember to stop worrying and pray instead, it really helps my mental well-being as well.
Finally, a third thing that really helps me when I’m in a state of stress-induced panic, is having a creative outlet…like refashioning! There’s just something about creating that helps take the focus off of all of the other chaos and commotion going on around you.
For this week’s refashion I started out with this shirt I found several weeks ago at Mel Trotter for 49-cents…
This shirt perfectly matched a skirt I’ve had in my closet so long that I can’t for the life of me even remember where I got it from…
I’ve always really liked the print of this skirt, and the bright colors, but I’ve never been a big fan of wrap around skirts.
At any moment while wearing them a wind could blow and…
…suddenly you’ve flashed the whole neighborhood…
As a result of not wanting to have any Marilyn Monroe moments, this skirt has been collecting dust in the back of my closet for years.
I just couldn’t bear to part with it though, because I really really like the awesome print.
So today, I finally decided to rescue this poor skirt and turn it into something I’d actually feel safer wearing, like a new maxi dress!
To begin the refashion, I snipped off the two buttons that held the whole thing together…
This left me with a big, somewhat rectangular, piece of material.
I folded it in half, matched up the sides (right sides together), and pinned them in place.
Then I ran them through my sewing machine…
Once it was all connected, I noticed this…
Now I just needed to decide where to attach the new skirt to the shirt.
I placed the shirt on my dress form, and placed a pin to mark where I wanted the skirt to be attached.
After removing the shirt, I cut just below the pin…
I attached the shirt to the skirt by placing the shirt inside the skirt matching the waist of the skirt to the waist of the shirt (right sides together), pinned and sewed…
After trying the new dress on, I didn’t like how loose it was in the waist, so I grabbed a scrap of elastic, measured it around my back, and pinned it along the inside back seam, where the shirt and skirt were sewn together…
Once it was sewn in place, I was all done. That was easy!
This skirt is made from polyester and is incredibly wrinkle-resistant, which I love! I mean who wants to iron?
I also really like the tropical print, it makes me think of the beach, and I for one, would live at the beach all summer if I could!
Thanks for hanging out with me today and checking out my latest refashion.
Be sure to hit me up on the Diary of a MadMama Facebook Page for more of the madness!
Speaking of tropical prints and the beach, where is your favorite place to go in the summer?
What beaches do you love?
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