This was a long shift dress in a very nice, breezy cotton. It's my Mom's. A thoughtful friend saw it somewhere at a good price and got it for her. We both like this color for her and the fabric is very nice.
Since this picture, I have rendered it into two pieces.... a top (that required very little changes aside from my modified "crumb catcher" addition with the aid of elastic thread)
|The "Crumb Catcher"|
And a swingy skirt. I made a wide waistband for it, sewed the slits up for modesty, sewed in an attached slip with crochet trim, and tacked on a pleated ruffle.
I'm especially pleased with the ruffle because it is the selvage (which I usually cut off and throw out) from this fabric (pictured below). Also, in it's favor, it didn't need a finished hem on it.
AND let's not overlook the "buttons." They used to be clip-on earrings. With Hubby's help (and the help of his drill), they are now buttons. I also painted them with my favorite moon blue nail polish. :-)
So, now I can see my Mom serving cold, iced tea to her friends on her porch, in this skirt...rather than cleaning her house in it (thanks mostly to the ruffle, which I feel added the little bit of "special").