This outfit is actually my third for the Earth Day theme; I really struggled with this one. But making 8 items and then only using the last 3 was totally worth it, as this is my favorite entry so far. (And I did a smocked dress tutorial for it – keep reading!) I wanted something that referenced my favorite things about this planet, like fields of flowers, as well as using upcycled materials and maybe hinting at the era in which Earth Day was founded.
The dress is from a men’s size XL t-shirt, on which I used an old technique, hand smocking, made modern with unconventional materials (knit fabric and beads) and a trendy color – mustard. It took over two days to do the front. I didn’t want to overwhelm the detail with a complicated pattern, so I went with a basic tank dress style, with a racerback and front pockets. I added one tiny smocked flower in the middle of the racerback. I got so addicted to smocking while doing this that I also smocked a headband, (worn 70s style to reference Earth Day’s inaugural year, 1970). And for a pop of color, I mod-podged turquoise fabric onto these fifty-four cent shoes. Then my lovely model and I went to enjoy our nearby Fields of Gold. See more pictures on my blog, Melly Sews.
Here are some close up views of the smocking; find the tutorial for this HERE. Or just click on the picture.
And as for the other 5 pieces I made? Well, you’ll still get to see those over the next month in other blog posts. But for now, let’s enjoy some more pictures from the gorgeous morning in the wildflower field.