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How to transform an old lacy curtain into a wispy waif costume for the school musical.
Start with an old dress.
Determine the the neckline and width of the front dress panels.
I imagined draping Ancient Greek style, two long rectangular panels that cross over the front into a v-décolletage, cinched at waist, flowing out and down with the length and hem tattered and scraggly.
I cut the v-neck into the front but decided to leave the back as is.
I cut/tore four long panels of roughly the same width to cover the front and back, making them wider so I could scrunch and pleat them onto the dress. I cut off the bottom of the sleeves, slashing the length into strips up to the shoulder.
I pinned sections into place and once happy, roughly stitched them into place. The front is cinched in slightly and the back was left loose.
I have kept it looser than my original idea and I’m pretty happy with how it looks. Next step will be fitting to seeing how it looks on and probably some art finishing to give it an old dusty feel.
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.