Usually we do not have spring in LA. Typically it’s mild in March and then it just instantly warms up; however April saw its highs and lows, it’s rainy days and it’s foggy days, but it was finally super nice on the two days of the week that really matter to me – Saturday and Sunday. I work in a building without windows so I rarely give a hoot how the barometer fares during the week.
With the warmer weather, I started busting out my dress collection with great ferver and put together this basic, yet fun and flirty outfit for my lovely afternoon with a friend in Downtown LA…
Remember Myspace photos?? This is me being so 2004
Hair was easy, my left side was pulled back with a pin
Super cute butterfly earrings to match the nails
Earrings – Lucky Brand
Scarf – hand woven scarf from a sewer at work
Baubled Necklace (hidden by scarf) – Kohls
Bubble Dress – sample sale @ work
Belt – Urban Outfitters
Obnoxiously short skirts, the Hollywood Bowl summer series being announced, food truck festivals – it is apparent all over this fair city of mine that spring has sprung. My friend was moving and unloaded heaps of fabric that have now found their new home on my floor (I will organize my room sometime mom, I promise) and amongst this new fabric stash was the springiest fabric I’ve ever seen save some dotted swiss action. So in order to toast the middle of spring, I decided to utilize a free Sunday evening and my fabric of choice to create my own unique ode to Spring.
I decided to make a spring halter top – I started by draping the fabric around the form like so
Next I wanted to add some style lines and dimension – I decided to scrunch the fabric along the top edge to create a sweetheart neckline and shape to the side and center back.
To create the gathering I gathered the fabric with my fingers and then hand tacked them as shown in the photo.
In addition to gathering the fabric @ CF, I gathered at the side, and in two places along the back to get the shape that I wanted
When deciding how much fabric to gather, I wanted to make sure that the garment was not going to collapse
Note in the first photo how there is collapsing @ the waist
In the second photo I have picked up the fabric to ensure we have the proper drape without collapsing
Next I sewed up the center back seam and threw it on the form to see how it looked…and it was goooood
Time fore more details though…
I added a braided strand around the neck for a halter look and made a separate braided band that is removable for an empire seam – this helps provide more shaping in lieu of side seams
And Voila! A halter that will make the boys halt when they come to the yard! Hope everyone is enjoying the weather!