Remember this red dress? I wore it out the first time to have dessert with my family at night,and I felt comfortable in it. The second time I wore it to work, I felt awkward the entire day. I realised it's because I don't normally wear dresses in this type of floral print to work. So I should wear the dress on days when I'm not going to work. But the problem is, when I am not at work, I hardly wear dresses. So ... I cut off the dress just under the bust and sewed back the bottom part of the skirt.
It feels much more "me" now and I'm sure I will get more wear out of this as a top. I wore it out the whole day, and that's why it looks so crumpled.
Lesson learnt. I should sew things that I would feel comfortable wearing. A good reference point would be to look at clothes that I already like to wear. When I am not at work, you will find me in jeans, which means that I can sew tops to wear with jeans. For work I gravitate towards simple neutrals. If I want to sew skirts and dresses then they should be in neutral colours like black, grey, taupe, beige and in work appropriate designs. There goes my dream of sewing pretty floral spring dresses. Who am I kidding anyway? Of the 10 or so dresses I have in my cupboard, none are floral, and only one is made from a paisley patterned fabric. After that bit of self analysis, I decided to abandon the idea of sewing this dress. Luckily I have not cut the fabric yet.
By the way, if you like re-fashioning, here's the link to an interesting DIY, for turning 2 large men's tshirts into a stylish dress with the coolest pockets.