I really wanted to go from the above to something resembling this Chanel inspiration from the 2011/12 Cruise wear look. Granted, I didn't have the sleeves, but the general idea was there.
As far as re-design, my find wasn't monstrously big. Still, it definitely needed some adjusting to get from there to here. The shirt was loose and the cowl was super long in the back. The skirt was slipping and the elastic was shot. Here's how I altered each piece:
For the skirt:
Step 1: Removing the waistband with the old elastic. (I cut off about 2.5" as the skirt was a little long anyway).
Step 2: Cut a long piece of 1" elastic and measure it around your waist. It should be comfortably snug, but not tight. Snip the length that meets at your comfy zone.
Step 3: Pin the elastic on 4 corners, so that it divides evenly throughout the skirt.
For the top:Step 1: To take in this knit top, I had to distribute the nips and tucks evenly because it was fairly big all around. So I made darts. Do this by measuring two diamond shapes on either side of both the front and back.
Step 3: Iron flat pressing the diamond shaped darts open.
And here's our reveal! From frumpy to funky...
Noa B and Tanya D
Top and bottom set: vintage re-design, found for a dollar!
Boots: Jeffrey Campbell
Hoops: via Main Street boutique, Abbott Kinney