Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Little Bit of 50's Flare

This week's project was a fun one! It was one of those projects where I initially had a different idea but ended up doing something completely different. You know how that goes, it happens to everyone right?
Here is what I had to work with:

Yep, this is a mumu (size 3x actually) and yes, I am wearing jeans and a sweatshirt underneath. So what did I like about this?

-Lots and lots of fabric to work with!
-I liked the red polka dot (go figure! haha)

So, ever since I bought this (which was before we went to Europe) I was thinking I wanted to make it into a cute little apron. Well, I started to work on it and all of a sudden an A-line skirt popped into my head! Cute! So I changed gears and went with the skirt route, which really worked out well since this has a zipper down the front.

I decided to make the top of the skirt start right under the current arm pits.

I then had to bring the waist in a lot, to make it fit and to get the A-line shape.

After I cut the shape, all I had to do was sew down the sides.

I don't know why this picture is sideways...sorry, you get the idea though :)

Sewing sewing...

I also serged the side seams.

The only thing left was the waist. I cut the zipper down to size, and pinned around the waist. So the original front (with the zipper) is now successfully the back of the skirt.

While I was working on this, I decided it reminded me of a 50s style skirt, hence the name of this post. And if you don't know, I LOVE vintage/retro looking clothes...in fact, I've always said that I was born in the wrong time period...haha.

I think this is one of my favorite pieces so far! And yes, I confess I did spend some extra time on my makeup...I wanted it to match and what else is there to do when it's snow-storming outside? :)

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  1. Super cute!! You make me wish I had paid more attention in Home Ec. :)

  2. absolutely adorable! I love the whole outfit!