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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Saturday Night Fever at the...Luau???

No, John Travolta is NOT vacationing in the islands this time of year.  'Tis the season....for celebrating, rejoicing, fruitcake, and of course the company Christmas party!!!  Having spent all of my shopping budget buying gifts for everyone else this year (better to give than receive, right?), I couldn't justify buying a new party dress.  Still wanting to look fabulous however, I enlisted the aid of these two cast-offs:
an ill-fitting purple top from Victoria's Secret,
and a smocked maxi that my hubby nicknamed the "Disco Nights" dress due largely in part to, and I'm quoting here,  "the pattern's kinda funky, but not in a good way."
Thanks honey....I think....
 Enlisting the help of one of my store bought maxi dresses, measured and cut a 14 inch by 8 inch rectangle, transforming the "old" hemline of the purple top into the top seam of the new strapless bodice.
Stitched up the sides with a 5/8 seam allowance using a zigzag stitch (the top is jersey, after all)
 Wanting to utilize the preexisting gathering that the original elastic smocking of the dress provided, I snipped about 1 inch above the waistline. 
 I then placed the strapless top on the dress, right sides together, and stitched together at the empire waist.  And that's the skinny...easy peazy, lemon squeezey.
 The result?  A super comfy (and glamorous) party dress that my husband is no longer embarrassed to stand next to.
Can you dig it?

The hubby and Little Guy relaxing before hitting the pool.

 One of the many entertaining numbers performed by the luau's hula troop. Love the colors.
The Little Guy was especially impressed by the fire dancing.
Wishing you a warm and merry holiday season!


1 comment:

snippa said...

Lovely looking dress. The party looks great too!

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