An ongoing refashion series inspired by the 40's, 50's, and 60's.
This is probably one of the simplest refashions I have done lately. In fact, it was so simple, I failed to take any process photos, so you'll just have to use your imagination!
I came across this picture awhile ago and liked the combination of denim and sheer together. I kept it in the back of my mind whenever I shopped at the thrift stores.
While shopping one day I came across this embroidered muumuu for $2.00. It wasn't exactly like the inspiration photo, but I was drawn to the embroidery on the yoke, and the price tag!
I did a little searching and found that peasant dresses and tops have been around a very long time. I'd say that they fit into the retro runway series!
I cut the top of the muumuu off at the waist, allowing about 1" seam allowance for an elastic waist casing.
I also cut off the sleeve length and took everything in at the side seams for a better fit. I made sure, however, to leave it roomy enough to still pull over my head.
A friend had recently given my a couple of yards of white gauzy fabric. It was just the ticket! I measured from my waist down to the length I wanted, adding a hem allowance and the 1" allowance for the elastic waist casing. I cut two of these lengths from the fabric using the full 45" width for each piece.
I stitched the two rectangles together, gathered the top edge of the skirt and attached it to the bodice with a 1" seam allowance. I then stitched the 1" seam allowance down to create a casing for the waist elastic, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic.
Once the elastic waist was done, I hemmed the sleeves and the skirting and was good to go!
Thanks to my son for letting me use his fun little retro scooter, lovingly named Jackie, as a prop!
I like to link to these great parties!