This Thanksgiving we participated in the New Orleans tradition of dressing up and going to Opening Day at the Races. While others focused on hat construction, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to test my refashion prowess.
Awhile ago, I snagged a hot pink polka dot pleated skirt suit at St. Vincent de Paul's Thrift Store - at a whopping 75% off the $6 price tag!
After ripping the pockets off the front and cutting a bodice out of the top, I stitched it to the skirt (which I was prepared to take in, but luckily didn't have to.) I used the top of the Anda pattern to give the top a general shape. I centered the button up front along the back seam - making the buttons a back enclosure instead of a front enclosure.
Pattern: Anda for the top.
Cost: $1.50 for the dress, $7 for the hat
Material: 100% Polyester!
Left Overs: shoulder pads... hmmm....
I do wish I'd done something more interesting with the neckline - especially given how long the skirt it. The whole dress is pretty conservative (when you wear a camisole under the top, of course.)
Thanksgiving Day was 72 degrees and sunny in New Orleans! A gorgeous day for the races. I didn't gamble, but Gus managed to break even, and S made $7, which she then left in the betting machine by accident. As you can see - we are novices.