Hot Mess to On Fire

Welcome to this month’s

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I’m calling it:


I unearthed this “little” beauty (as you can see its HUGE) from my church thrift store on 96th Street. It was $7. I honestly did not know WHAT I was going to do with this HOT MESS, but I liked the tomato color and it is %100 percent silk–the chiffon and the lining. (Silk moves so nicely.)

Here it is:

red front  red back

Yes, this gem has shoulder pads and could fit another half of me in it.

I thought about removing the pads, hacking it off at the beaded waistline, and calling it a day. But, that would be too easy. Cheating. So, I dropped the whole thing down to my waist and decided it would be a skirt.

I marked the sleeve to cut off. And sewed them up to form the side seam.

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Next I ran a piece of elastic though the casing in the back to cinch it up and in a bit.

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The skirt was too long. So I thought about chopping it off and hemming it-a LOT of work (the bottom of the skirt is nearly a full circle.)

IMG_6104Then I thought I’d cut it off and shred the bottom as a kind of funky hem. (Trick, on polyester and man-made fabrics, you can actually singe the bottom by running it quickly though a candle flame. You have to be even and fast, but not too fast. Tricky because you can burn a big hole in the garment.)

So I decide to do the LEAST amount of work and I simply picked up the front of the skirt at the beaded midline. This will do two things: 1. Save me time and 2. make a pretty and slimming line. Win Win!


I pin the new beading line and then just hand stitch it into place. Easy Peasy.

Now for the finished skirt. I didn’t use any other materials other than a piece of elastic. So I’m all in at a whopping $7 dollars!!!

First I paired it with (do you recognize the crop top from my previous post?? I just turned it around.) A tad revealing but surprisingly comfortable. Just hoping there are no wardrobe malfunctions!!

crop top  IMG_6115

Next I paired it with a simple burnished Gold tank. (thanks Amy Scheibe! dear friend and author of, A Fireproof Home for the Bride!)

gold tank

Then I tired a cream and gold top I had on hand (again from a thrift store.)

cream top

I thought I was done, but then, as I was taking the skirt off, I saw it might make a fun cocktail dress. I simply added a gold belt:

short dress

So, what do you think? Did I go from HOT MESS to On FIRE? Let me know!

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Thanks for tuning in! My next installment will be May 12th!

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About jessrussellromance

Award winning romance writer.
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