Please excuse the old blurry photos, digital cameras weren't so prevalent in the 90's, so you couldn't tell if a picture looked good until you had it processed! (those were the days . . . )
When I get an interesting piece of fabric, I hold it up to myself, or drape it, to see how it might look as an article of clothing. I didn't use patterns when I was in high school, so each piece of clothing I made was completely original.
The fabric was a polyester type knit, with this great Asian-inspired, floral print. (The top of the dress was the bottom of the pant leg.)
Over the green, I attached a sheer black fabric, with some ruching at the top. This really helped to tone down the green color to make it blend in with the black. The sheer black fabric was sewn down the sides, but left open from around my fingertips and down. This allowed a little of the green fabric to show when I moved, and gave it a nice motion when I walked.
I laced a black ribbon through the back, to help keep the dress tight, so it would stay up. (There was no elastic in this dress, but the knit had some stretch to it.) This also helped make it easier to fit me. (Later in life, I also had a laced-back wedding dress for exactly the same reason.)
This dress went on to be borrowed by friends!