I’m very proud of this refashion! It started as a demure green velvet dress from Land’s End. I remember wearing it when my elder daughter was a baby, which was…um…more than 12 years ago. The cloth is lovely–cotton velvet with a little Lycra for stretch and drape–and I just couldn’t bear to throw it away–the fit was very forgiving at holiday time. But at 40-something, I just don’t do demure anymore.
It has an empire waist, so I decided to turn it into a tunic top. First I converted the neckline to a V-neck. (I really learned a lot from fellow refashioners about sewing stretchy material.) Then I trimmed the bottom and hemmed it so it falls mid-thigh instead of just below the knee (not a flattering length for a short, round person.) I wore it to work today!
Now I need to make myself a nice red or black skirt to go with this–when I tried wearing it over my black velvet skirt, the static cling was quite noticeable! I need something satiny, I think.