oona does it!: mix and match
Oh who cares what they say about using solids, I like all your prints! It would be fun if you made some separates too.
my reply, via inner monologue:
hmmm. is that a challenge? seriously, i already have like twenty separates in my closet. i have that jersey tank top– oh no wait i cut that up to use as a hair towel– what about that suede skirt– oh no wait i cut that up to make into a purse– erm… okay.
there were four pieces to this separates puzzle. the first: a RTW denim maxi dress that no longer fit. equal parts of washing cotton in scalding hot water and sitting on my booty brought that situation about. i only had one summer of wearing that dress (one of the few solids in my closet) and i refused to give it up. i detached the smurfette sized triangle cup bodice and teeny tiny waistband, leaving me with a nice long wide open skirt.
part two: dollar a yard elastic trim, my very favorite price point. i held it around my waist and sliced it at a snug length, overlocked the edges, and re-gathered the skirt to it. this was easy peasy as the side seams of the skirt were left intact by my careful seam ripping. i made the front panel about 2 inches wider than the back panel. things were going so swimmingly, i didn't even mind the gathering. and because i didn't get impatient as usual and hack the dress in half with my ginghers, the zipper remained from the original dress. patience! bonus! who knew!
if you've got a dress that no longer fits in your closet, this is a GREAT save for it.
speaking of patience, i have been waiting approximately a millenia to use part three: this single button. it was part of ruggy's grandmother's button stash. it made a clean closure for the waistband seam, and a nice mismatched embellishment here, methought.
part the fourth: the draped jersey top. this was also a refashionista move. (i was SO channeling meg the grand here). i had made a wild tank dress out of this crazyface print (go figure), and it sat in my closet ignored. i opened it up and had a wide rectangle of jersey knit. it was perfect for burdastyle member miss b's (free!) top pattern, the aptly named sexy back.
GOOD LORD WOMAN PUT SOME CLOTHES ON.
the balloonian family did some mixing and matching of their own today, as august heralds the Month Of Kalkatroona. mama, papa and oona all celebrate birthdays this hot month, so a trip to a wine festival in a lovely garden was in order. a little red, a little white, a lotta sangria. several happy drunken strangers complimented me on my "dress".
IT'S SEPARATES AND I MADE IT! i bellowed joyfully.
photo credit goes to big daddy balloona, who is serenading the household with a mellophone as i type this up. papa gots mad jazz skillz. mama's got sangria. and i've got no clean end to this post, having lost a few brain cells to some cabernet franc. happy birthday month to me!!!