Every Easter I like to get myself a new outfit. Okay, if I had the money every day would be a new outfit day. I LOVE clothes and always have. Luckily for me, I'm quite the clearance queen. I seldom pay full price for my clothes and (in my opinion) I have lots of cute clothes and shoes.
This past spring I participated in a consignment sale. Even though it was a children's sale, they carried teen clothes. I went though them and found several pieces my size! I got two dress, sandals and a pair of shorts all for $15. One of the dresses still had the tags on it!
One of the dresses was a white linen halter dress that I thought would be perfect for Easter. Problem was, it was a little too short. I decided to add some fabric to the lining to make it longer. I found some white linen at Hancock Fabrics. It was sort of gauzy but it was the closest match color-wise. White is the hardest color to match! Total nightmare I tell you . . .
Another addition I decided to try was to add pockets. I've wanted a dress and/or skirt with pockets for the longest time and this dress looked like it could handle pockets. I have chapstick dependence issues so a dress with pockets sounds amazing!
Anyway, my mother-in-law is a fabulous seamstress. She's also super giving. I mentioned to her that I wanted a ruffler foot (which runs around $30). She went to her sewing room and gave me one! She said it didn't fit her sewing machine, so I could have it. Isn't that awesome?
I thought it would be cute to add a ruffled layer. I had used the ruffler foot before on cotton and it was fantastic. Then, I tried it with this linen and it was awful! The linen was constantly becoming unraveled and getting caught on the foot. Ugh. I finally had to just baste and cinch the old fashioned way.
Overall, it's not perfect but I was happy with it. This was just 9 days after my surgery and excessive amounts of hydrocodone were pumping through my veins when I sewed it. I haven't looked at it again since then because I know it's going to look all crazy and I'll wind up having to fix it all over again!
Adding the pockets went much more smoothly. I used this tutorial to guide me. Though, instead of using their pattern, I actually pulled out a pair of pants that had roomy pockets and traced those. That way, I knew the pockets would be big enough. The pockets came out so cute! The fabric on the dress is thick enough that they don't show through.
So, Easter Sunday I wore my upgraded dress with my new sandals. I threw on a cardigan I had refashioned earlier with a bunny shaped applique and a matching necklace I already owned. The total price of this outfit turned out to be $14! Not bad! This was definitely my cheapest Easter outfit and one that I'm proud of since I had a hand in it.
Whadya' think, guys?