This week’s Upcycle Sundays was inspired by the beautiful, sharp and colorful Frida Kahlo.
I love this woman. You know that question that people always ask at icebreakers? When you have to name the people dead or alive who you’d want to have dinner with? One of my picks would definitely be Frida. Her resilience, tough spirit and talent are absolutely wonderful and empowering.
So! I have this red cotton jersey fabric that has been in my possession for over a year now that I have not used, so I decided to make this dress:
I also had a wrap skirt that I got over a year ago at a clothing swap party. I fell in love with the print, but the skirt was a tad too small, so I thought I’d hang onto it for a project. Today was finally my opportunity to turn this neglected skirt into something shiny and new!
“I’m just keeping you honest, panzon.” – Frida
This dress was pretty time consuming. Cutting the fabric, dyeing my white jersey tan to match the print and look less costumey, gathering the fabric for the peasant skirt look. Oy. It took a while, but I am REALLY happy with the result.
And the pockets are rad. I’m so proud of myself for not screwing them up! Sorry for the iPhone photo, I think I left my camera at work. Anyway, this is the first of many (hopefully) handmade summer dresses! Here’s to the beginning of summer, wonderful weather and a great, relaxing, and productive Memorial Day weekend!