I've blogged this before, but not here.
Yup, that shirt used to be a maxi dress. I love the cutouts and embroidery, the bright colors, and the sentimental place it holds in my heart (got it for our honeymoon in the Apostle Islands, which are absolutely not tropical at all despite what you might think from their name, or the dress). However, I've worn it three or four times in the two months since trimming it down -- and still have the bottom, waiting for a chance to make a waistband and finish it out as a skirt -- and I do not at all regret chopping it in two.
Tunic: Modcloth, modified by me | Sweater: Ross? | Jeans: REI | Sandals: Kohl's
(Shockingly, nothing in this post was thrifted! You have no idea how rare that is for me...)
The pants are a fairly recent acquisition, and I really like them. They're lightweight & trouser-y in shape, with reinforced articulated knees and buttonholes to roll them into capris. I also suspect that there's some kind of optical brightener/reflector woven into the cotton -- not that they are blinding or anything, but that wearing them out in direct noontime sunlight, I still stay cool. Which just about makes these perfect, in my book.
Colorful beaded cork sandals make me feel very Berkeley, but in a more refined, less overtly-hippie sort of way. Just like my cutoff flower-child maxi dress.
Any changes made to sentimental or long-loved items to keep them around and increase their use? Do tell!