Monday, February 15, 2016

Two Deconstructed & Reworked Projects

I keep finding pieces that I really liked when I bought them, but never seem to wear. There's always some element to the item that holds me back from wearing it.

Here's what I did to convert two recently-found items into pieces that I can't wait to wear...

The First Piece - Mixed Exotics
I'm finally starting to accept that I have some sort of reptile-print thing ... I am drawn to pieces with snake or croc prints.

I just had to get the Scrupoli button-down, silk, croc-print blouse ... I immediately fell in love with it and couldn't wait for it to arrive. I was so excited about it that I missed the brown piping detail that gave it a cowboy feel ... I'm not a big fan of westerns or the cowboy style.

Needless to say, it soon became one of my Bermuda Triangle pieces; relegated to "back of the closet" & forgotten status.

I decided to combine it with my high-collar, snake-print Jones New York top that had the same closet status ... The collar made me feel a little claustrophobic.

I love the crazy-funky results and can't wait to pair my new top with jeans and my snake-print Foley & Corrina satchel ... The bag's print is identical to snake-print in the reworked top. The label somehow treated the leather to add a python-like texture to the bag.

Project Two - The Reworked Shawl
I loved the look and feel of my steel-gray velour shawl. I wore it once (in lieu of a coat) to an office "dog-&-pony" holiday party ... I haven't worn it since.

I decided to turn it into a pull-over shrug. I also split a portion of the seam so that I could attach a touch of next-level drama with a "side tail" ... A salute to the drama of the original shawl.

I have definite plans to get plenty of wear from this lush, reworked piece. I particularly love its nod to Old Hollywood glam.