Red Carpet Ready

February 27, 2012

Occasionally I have the opportunity to walk the red carpet with Joey.  It’s generally fun, assuming I have something to wear that I like.  Consequently, I try to have options available and I try to wear something I’ve made.  I recently wore this upcycled skirt for the first time when Joey performed at a fundraising event (I stood behind Ted Turner in the buffet line).  I don’t have any photos from the event to share, but I was happy with the way it looked and felt; it’s very comfortable.

I made it from two thrifted skirts and a thrifted Calvin Klein gown.  The first step was cutting out the lining from the gown and cutting off the bodice.  The long skirt became the under layer.  Then I added the solid navy wool crepe skirt and pulled it up to ruche it in the front.  The printed silk piece in the back was added for a touch of drama.  After sewing on my favorite stretchy waistband, I was good to go.

For this post I’ve paired it with a navy top from H&M, an upcycled cowl/scarf, embroidered belt from Express 20 years ago, vintage gloves, and earrings that I’ve loved since the 80’s.

Have a good one!

p.s. Please check out Patti.  She has a feature called Visible Monday which is FABULOUS.  Thanks for letting me participate, Patti!


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21 Responses to Red Carpet Ready

  1. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on February 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Jean, you did a magnificent job, creating this awesome skirt from three different garments! I adore the colors too. Thanks so much for sharing with Visible Monday.

    • Jean on February 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      No, thank YOU! Being able to connect through your blog is really great for beginners like me. Also, I wanted to say that your skirt isn’t a true mini! You look great and should wear it with total confidence.

      • Rose on February 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

        You’re lookin’ FABULOUS girl! I’m so amazed at your creativity!! Wish my creativity would jump out of my head and into the real world.

        Cheers, Rosemary from England

        • Jean on February 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

          I took a long hiatus from sewing, almost 15 years. Your creations are there, ready for the right time. In the meantime, enjoy what is!

  2. JTwisdom on February 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    This outfit is very beautiful, awesome workmanship. Love it when you can make new creations from recycled garments.

    • Jean on February 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Recycling, or “upcycling” as I love to call it, it a passion of mine. It’s satisfying on so many levels! Love the name of your blog and the Mackie jacket it a gem.

  3. Melanie on February 28, 2012 at 12:28 am

    WOW! Jean, you look magnificent! That is so chic, so svelte with those pointy shoes, and you made it? That silk piece in the back – what a wallop of drama. Your imagination is ON!

    How cool that you stood behind the iconic Ted Turner in the buffet line. Ha! I look forward to hearing more of your adventures, not only in the production of your creations but about where you wear them.

    • Jean on February 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Just trying to keep up with the big kids! Maybe I’ll run into the fabulous Wendy Brandes. The bar is set awfully high!

      • WendyB on March 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

        Ha ha, if you’re ever next to me in a buffet line, I hope you’ll say hi!

        • Jean on March 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

          Of course! I’ll be the one salivating over your jewelry.

  4. megan, the frugalista diaries on February 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

    fabulous and glamourous, I love it.

    • Jean on February 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you! You’re no slouch yourself. Love love love the Sam Edelman shoes. I’d be about 6’3″ in those but I think I might like that.

  5. Kristin on February 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    You made it? I mean wow…It’s an incredible look!

    • Jean on February 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thank you! It’s also extremely soft and comfortable which is a necessity. I love the striped dress you are wearing in your post. I made all of my maternity clothes and I still have the dress that I was wearing the night my daughter arrived unexpectedly, 24 years ago. You look beautiful.

  6. Danielle Grigsby on February 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Jean, Thank you for your kind compliment and visiting my blog. I wish that your pictures were larger so I could really see more of the detail. I can’t really see the design of the top in the tiny photo. Say hi again and I hope you will follow. Love Danielle Celeste

    • Jean on February 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Try clicking on the image, and then clicking again for a real closeup. Hopefully that works; it should if I posted it correctly. Let me know if you have trouble.

  7. Danielle Grigsby on February 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    oops…just saw you are following. Thank you so much.

  8. The Style Crone on March 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    How very elegant and your creativity with layering is a wonder to behold. You are red carpet ready and I’m sure that you turned many heads.

    • Jean on March 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I’m so glad you’re back. I love the shot of you in red and black with great layering as well!
      I’m looking forward to more photos and tales of your adventures.

  9. Vivi on March 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Nice creation. It’s amazing how one thought process works. You saw thrifted garments and decided to make something that is red carpet worthy. And no one would have a clue that it’s a DIY. I like the addition of the black gloves. Giving a hit of drama to the outfit.

    • Jean on March 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Appreciate your comment! As for your post, your style genes must run deep! Love the pic of your sister against the blue wall.

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