I turned it over and was pleasantly surprised to see the pink ribbon inside. So sweet, such a nice little surprise:
Then I noticed something else... The inside had been altered. The stamp was folded. Someone had altered the hat to fit a smaller head. And THAT blew me away. Someone altered a hat. A HAT. And that got me thinking...
I've been going through my things, sorting, dumping, packing, saving, and I came across this fabric I bought at a sari shop during a visit to my friend in Vancouver last summer. It came in a package of fabric. This piece was easily three yards in length. If you look carefully, you can see that it is studded with tiny gold flecks.
But when I saw the hat alteration, I knew anything was possible. So, I did some searching, and found this video:
And then I got up, went over to my sewing machine, and made this skirt:
And I even went all fancy and made a slit at the back.
It's not perfect. There are crooked seams, and I still have to trim some of the threads. But it's a skirt, inspired by the ingenuity of the hat alteration. I did it because I knew it was possible.
Next challenge: altering this vintage top I got from the same Etsy shop. It's too short, but I'm thinking I could cut it down the middle and make a bolero jacket. Brave? Yeah. But that hat made me do one new thing already. We'll see what it'll make me do next...