Handmade Wardrobe / Inspiration

Good Fences

I am not kidding, I have major love for all the rural fences here in Virginia. I hope you guys like them too, because I have a feeling you might see a lot of pictures with fences in them! I seriously can’t believe how many picturesque places there are near where we live. This little park is literally 1 minute from our house. sigh. I love it here.

So did you guys know this top is actually a dress? No I’m not trying to be tricky, and tucking in a dress and pretending it’s a top, like some awesome ace of a remixer. Nope. It shrunk in the wash. I’m so sad. I bought it as a beach dress in Perth (you may remember it from this post), and it was a little short, so I even got it a size too big for some extra length. Then it shrunk in the wash, and now it’s so short it doesn’t even cover my butt. It’s in no way decent. Seriously. It’s that awkward length that doesn’t really work as a top either. I’m kind of devastated. I foresaw myself wearing it so much this summer… bugger. But thankfully it makes a cute tank top (which you know I love haha). So here’s hoping I can convince myself to cut it up and make it a proper tank top, not the weird hybrid it is right now. I dunno… I’m harboring a secret desire that if I wash it once more, it will magically become a dress again. Well a girl can hope right?

Skirt: Megan Nielsen, Brumby skirt, AW2010
Cardigan: Vintage, family heirloom from my MIL
Tunic Top: Witchery
Cowboy boots: Vintage, gift from a friend
Sweater Tights: Hue
Belt: Vintage, gift from my mom
Necklace: Vintage, via ebay

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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13 years ago

Well, I think your dress looks fantastic as a top. I love the color combination of cobalt blue and cognac, and the neutral of the cardigan is fantastic.

13 years ago

where in VA are you at? i used to live in NOVA, and my mom lived right outside of richmond (midlothian) so i was down there all the time. you’re right, though; virginia has the prettiest little farmsteads and old plantations. definitely a good backdrop!

Linda W
13 years ago

You were able to make great use of your shrunken dress. It is perfect as a top!
It’s great to see how much you are loving your new town. Your excitement is clear in your writing and in your photos.
The Auspicious Life

13 years ago

Ah. You would also appreciate New England stone walls :)

13 years ago

Love this outfit! The mix of more intense blues with the neutral accessories works really well. Thank you for visiting my blog today! I LOVE your shop, so I was really excited to get a comment from you! :o) Your Darling Ranges dress was on my wish list for so long, I was sad to see it sell out!

13 years ago

Aww, I love it! I hate when dresses shrink to indency . . . .usually mine shrink to kid sized so it’s good you can wear yours as a top!

I love the stripes and the cardigan and the colors.

And I can’t believe there’s snow on the ground in Virginia!!

13 years ago

It looks lovely as a top! But that’s always so frustrating when things shrink. Sometimes, if you soak it is warm water, wring it out and then gently pull it and reshape it and then let it dry flat, you can get things back to normal. If you are in deep mourning maybe try that before snipping it up? Then if it doesn’t work, remodel!