Friday, April 29, 2011

Sew Weekly Challenge: In My Easter Bonnet or "Royal Wedding Refashion!"

Friends, this challenge turned out MUCH better than I had ever anticipated.  I was quite nervous about making a hat because I own no hats.  Well, I own baseball hats, but those aren't quite "dressy" enough ... even when covered in sequins.  You've seen them, you know what I am talking about.

After my journey to Cincinnati, I brought back this lovely little number:

 That fabric!  Those buttons!  Those shoulderpads!

Well, I was mostly done with the outfit refashion when I realized I still needed a hat.  What to make a hat out of?  Silk was not going to be able to stand properly on its own, so I needed a foundation to cover and decorate.  And that is when Meg the Klutzy intervened.  I kicked over the garbage can in my sewing room, and out popped these two beauties...

Shoulder Pads!!! 

I pinned them together, added some black trim around the edge, made three fabric flowers, disassembled a broken, unloved necklace and stole its beads, and added some fabulous blue flower bobby pins from a high school dance to hold it all in place!

Here is the hat with the new fabulous outfit!

I took off the sleeves, repurposed the shoulder pads, stitched the jacket and skirt together at the waistline, added a black ribbon belt, created a V neck line, closed the jacket front, inserted a zipper in the left side, added the leftover buttons to the dress bodice, and hemmed the skirt. 

I. Love. It.

A close up of the fabric and buttons - I like that they are closer together and are so sparkly.  I think it gives this outfit a little pizazz!

Throw on a black blazer, pop that collar, and I am stylish and ready to go to work!

Me with the television - Will and Kate are about to kiss!  Squee!

I got up at 3am CDT to watch the entire wedding while finishing my hat- and friends, it was FABULOUS!  Kate was stunning in every sense of the word, and Will was oh-so-romantic when he wouldn't turn to look at her until the last second!  Harry was quite the rascal and the hats were marvelous to behold.  I had the best time chatting up my sister in Texas, who also woke up at 3, and talking about the guests, the dress, the romance - I had a great time, sis!

It was all so magical :) 


  1. Great refashion and so British!

  2. WOW! Fabulous refashion! I love how you made the hat!! BRILLIANT! I know, wasn't the wedding super?


    And great re-fashion. I'm so impressed you woke up at 3 and were able to finish this outfit up while watching the ceremony!!!


    shoulder pads. the sheer brilliance of it all.

    oh, two other people said brilliant already. well, i guess three makes it true.

  5. Fantastic outfit and the hat is amazing! Well done!

  6. I am totally blown away, this is fantastic. I'm not a fan of the 80s and you have made somwething fab. Love the hat too. well done you, it has inspired me to refashion something, it's something I have never done! PS the wedding was amazing, I did have a tear or two, which was a bit embarising as we had friends for high tea to celebrate!

  7. Im stunned... this is soo awesome!