Fabric: 100% cotton muslin, with machine embroidered flowers
Pattern: New Look 6652
Notions: Bias tape for neck and armholes
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: April 2014
Wear again? OMG yes! It’s one of my favorite summer dresses
Total price: thrifted for less than $5.00
I’m really happy with how this dress turned out. I love the pretty embroidered flowers on the front and the comfortable, flattering fit. I knew as soon as I saw this full length traditional Mexican dress, that one day I would make it into a more contemporary style. A few weeks ago, I started visualizing what I could do with the dress. At first I thought that I might make a bodice and skirt, but the flowers would be chopped in half and so I ended up making a simple shift out of it.
This is what I had to work with.
I went on a road trip with one of my daughters to Southern California. We attended a wedding in Santa Inez, so we stayed in the nearby quaint and historic Danish village of Solvang. I took advantage of the surroundings and asked my daughter’s boyfriend to take some pictures of my new refashion with his fancy camera.
You can certainly tell the difference between a really good camera with the special lenses and the iPhone camera, can’t you?
I was hoping that the 99 cent a yard, cut it yourself, and pay for it in the coffee shop, would still be open in Solvang, but they had gone out of business. I still have fabric in my stash, from the last time I was there, over a year ago. Talk about being like a kid in a candy store! Alas, I settled for some Danish pastries, and window shopping instead.
After the beautiful wedding of our friends’ daughter, we continued south to Santa Monica, Venice, and Hollywood for a quick tour, walks on the beach, donuts at Rick’s famous donut place, record stores, and guitar stores, yummy food and good coffee. Finally, it was time to head home on the 5, snapping pictures along the way, and singing along to the Beatles.
You can tell I had an amazing time. I work from home and don’t get out much, so I really enjoyed myself and the company of my daughter and her special guy.