|Free People Peasant Dress. Perfect for channeling my inner flower child.|
The first thing that I grabbed from the bag was a Free People peasant style dress. I purchased it at discount store at a time when peasant dresses were trendy. This dress is a representation of the valuable fashion lesson that I unfortunately learned the hard way. Buying trendy clothing, no matter how deeply discounted, is always regrettable (at least in my case). Looking back this dress looks more like a costume than something that I could get away with wearing everyday. I could have preserved it as a costume, but the top half had stains that refused to budge.
The reason I saved it was I saw that the dress was not without redeeming qualities. The bit of lace about the collar was lovely and in great condition. Also I liked the pattern, color and cut of the skirt, but it was too much combined with the lace top. So I decided to operate. I had to be careful not to cut the drawstring waist portion on the bottom half since I planned on keeping it as part of the waistband. I cut about 1/4" above the waistband staying on the white fabric and in a matter of minutes I had freed the skirt from the top! A pair of scissors, and a quick snip were all it took to complete this project, no sewing skills required. The bottom by itself will make a great summer skirt, light cotton fabric and flowy cut, perfect with a simple tank top or t-shirt. It can even be used as a coverup over a swimsuit. An easy fix to turn the unwearable into a practical piece of clothing. I saved the lace portions from the top to use on another project.
|The bottom half once freed from the pirate, hippy top half makes a great skirt.|