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What is this thing?

HELP!!! 
What is this thing!!!

It's hand painted (says so on the tag)
It was $3.00.
But....what is this thing? Top? Dress? NOT FLATTERING! 

I posted this picture on my FaceBook Art Teacher page for some help. 
They had some wonderful suggestions, and I took them up on it.

First I chopped the sleeves off. It was a drop shoulder top, so I cut just below the seam to create my own "facing" and tucked the extra "facing" inside. Then I sewed up hem.



Now the top of it was manageable, but that ruffle...YIKES!!


I chopped it off!!!


It became a t-shirt....That wasn't exactly what I was going for, so I put it on, and measured where my waist was, and chopped it off just below my waist.
I put the excess fabric on top of the ruffle to measure the waist, and I cut diagonally from the waist to the bottom of the ruffle to create my new "handkerchief-hem-peplum".



SNIP!



I sewed it together, and now.....MUCH BETTER!!!

Pink belt, and olive pants. Perfect combo!






...and a  selfie!
 (My amazing sweet student gave me that
 awesome kitty pin! 
THANK YOU TESSA!)

See you next time!





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