This looks like a clothing challenge with the before photos....but I just couldn't do it. I WANT to be fun and playful and make wearing fish look hip on a grown woman....but I just don't think I can pull it off. :)
It actually isn't too bad once it is fitted but I just don't see being taken seriously at work with a fish starring at you.
I have this lovely rayon mix skirt with almost perfectly matching fish on it too that I will use along with the linen dress. Both are lined with a silky material. The outfits will be for the daughter but I know that she likes the lining so I'll leave it in.
I believe I can get three separate pieces out of this project.
First I cut off the bottom of the dress, strategically to save the fish. There is an invisible zipper on the back that I would be able to use for the daughter so I saved it.
This is upside down, but you can see how I made sure to not cut through the fish and I retained the already finished bottom with the vents.
I used the serger to attach it back into a skirt.
I also finished the top raw edge so I could sew it into a channel for elastic.
I used my trusty elastic tool to pull the elastic through.
And here it is, waiting for daylight so that the daughter can try it on. I REALLY need to take her measurements so I can fit things without her being up. I just keep forgetting and I tend to ......SQUIRREL....where was I?
The daughter has a nice little skirt that has a little pizazz to it without being a swirly ruffle skirt. She needs a few of those. It's got fish-azz. It's fizzazle. Okay, I'll stop. It's cute. Even with the demon eyes....even with red eye corrector on, it is nearly impossible to avoid red eye with her blue eyes.
Now I still have that top. If it wasn't so large, I'd just finish the bottom and let it be a top, but the neck and arm holes are just way too big. And I have to long zipper to contend with. And bringing in the sides to reduce the arm holes would mean cutting awfully close to those fish.
So I separated each side....
At this point I could finish the sides and bottom and let it be a smock....too nice for that.
I separated the shoulders so I am left with a front panel and a back. I removed those ribbon hangers and will use them later.
That front panel, combined with the fish covered skirt will be a second project. That back panel and the ribbon hangers are a third project. Very exciting to get so much out of one idea.