The “Riot, Please” Outfit
I have had such a busy week! I have a bin of clothing that I’ve set aside for upcycling so I figured I’d just use something from there to make it easy on myself and maybe get an early start so I wouldn’t be stressing about it. I pulled a couple of pieces out, a pair of pants and a dress, and then stared at them for the rest of the week. They’re still there. On Friday morning I had a brilliant idea and got to work gathering all the materials. I went to the thrift store and bought this skirt-
And this top-(sorry about it’s not a good picture. At least I remembered to take one!)
I’m not exactly sure why I bought the top since I didn’t need one for my brilliant idea. I guess it just looked interesting. The fabric for the front and back is a poly made to look like and feel like suede. It’s really quite ugly and dated. Not vintage, dated. It even had shoulder pads.
On Friday night I got to work. By about 10pm I gave up. I realized that I was going to need more time to think through the process if I wanted my idea to turn out well. I went to bed feeling stuck and bad about having wasted my money on 2 useless pieces of clothing. I woke up Saturday morning with a new idea.
I shortened the skirt by at least 6 inches. I cut it at about mid hip then adjusted the length to the bottom piece and gathered it at the top and sewed it on. Now it’s a drop waist skirt. I took that ugly sweater and made a pattern piece for the front by laying it on a large piece of paper and tracing the sides, bottom, and shoulder seams. I took a pin and “traced” the neckline and the curve of the sleeve by making holes into the paper through the seam of the top. I added a seam allowance before cutting it then took my pattern piece and placed it over this beautiful piece of rayon. Before pinning it on I folded over my seam allowance and pressed it. After that it was pretty easy. I pinned it on and sewed it into place. I took the sleeves in too.
I love it! It’s amazing how different something can look with a little bit of effort. I even managed to stay with the $10 budget. The title is a Snow Patrol song and i picked it just because.
Pattern: Just the one for the top
Fabric and recycled items: 1/2 yd rayon $3.25, skirt $2.50 and top $3.50
First Worn: Today (without the flowers in my hair)
Wear Again: Yes
Total Price: $9.25