Monday, August 8, 2011

from old-fashioned slip to belted skirt

Five or six years ago, I found a old-fashioned slip at an antique shop in Harbor County, Michigan (I think it was in Three Oaks).  I love that part of Michigan.  It's only about an hour or so from Chicago.  The beaches are beautiful with crystal clear (salt free!) water.  Besides the beach, there are great restaurants, pretty places to bike ride, and antique shops.  That's pretty much it, so it's very relaxing.  I live in LA, and I'd take the beaches of Michigan any day over what we have here.  Any way, I bought what I think was some kind of antique slip for $10.


I used to wear it with a belt around the waist and cowboy boots, and I loved it!  It started getting kind of scroungy looking around the neckline, though, so I decided to turn it into a skirt.


I chopped of the torso and folded over and stitched the top of the the skirt part.  I also saved the in-tact parts of the neckline by cutting it into panels to make belt loops.  


I also made a belt out of a wide strip that I cut off of a cotton-linen blend pair of pants that I shortened.  I trimmed the edges of the belt with more of the lacy detail from the dress. 


 I hardly had anything left over when I was finished!



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