*********** Husband just came in and said I need to take better pics of my creation because it is so much cuter in real life with some added things like a Hook and Eye to close the ruffles! So better pics to come ***************
Now it's true. I love almost anything at Anthropologie. Back in my "hay-day" of event planning, I had a wardrobe stacked with this stuff. The best dresses and sweaters.. all justified with the "I have to look the part!" mentality. Those dresses now all live at my friend Jordan's house where she can now take them on a date or to her office.
My love for this store hasn't withered away with my new job as Mom! I swoon every time I walk past their elaborately decorated windows of old recycled plastic bottles.
(photo credit: This Flickr Page) The merchandise screaming at me "YOU NEED ME! Take me to the Park! I promise your kid won't smother my $280 linen frock in strawberry sanded gunk! Buy Me!" When I enter this store, I usually text said friend from above and say "Why am I here? I am so depressed I can't buy anything here!" You see, there is this new justification I have to have now.. where am I going to wear most of this stuff? To the park? Is there a fashion police squad at the Zoo? Umm no. So you see.. $280 for a dress these days.. just not part of my life.
HOWEVER, since I have decided that I am going to be crazy DIY clothing mom, I can try my hand at making my own version of these lovelys. Like this sweater:
Now I think this woman is gorgeous. Just gorgeous and I wish I lived in that cute little place she is standing.. and I REALLY wish I could pull off those shorts.. umm.. didn't I mention I had a kid.. HAHA.. those days are sooo gone.. OK. back to the sweater. I love it. I love those ruffles. I am a sucker for ruffles! The more ruffles the better. But you see, this sweater is $88. I just can't do it.
So, I bought this little number for $10.
I read this tutorial on how to add a ruffle collar:
And I came up with this:
And I like it:
Voila! A feminine sweater for a little over $10.