I found this maxi skirt at Queens Crescent's market (London's oldest marked apparently) and fell in love with the retro patterns. It's actually a H & M skirt, so it's not that old. I would have just brought it in to fit as a maxi-skirt, but I needed some work clothes - so a dress it will become, which makes me a wee bit sad as I'm rediscovering the long skirt. I haven't worn them since I was a teenager!
|Too much maxi...|
I'm holding this back, but it's 3 sizes too big.
I have a great dress that is wide and square-ish at the shoulders and elasticated in the middle. This is a gorgeous dress on, so I was hoping to re-create it. I've never refashioned an elasticated middle before, so this was entering new territory for me....
I put the dress over the top of the skirt and pulled the original dress out at the waist to get the actual size of the material. Then I cut the elastic to the size of the dress as is.
|This makes the body sack like..|
So I went and stitched this up sans the area where I was going to cut sleeves. Once the sides were stitched, I placed the dress over the skirt again and went to marking out the sleeves. I cut the holes and stitched them under ( I'll place some ribbon on the inside over the hems later - I was running late!) and worked to stitching down the top of the dress (the waist band) to make shoulders and a hole for the head.
So, all stitched up and sewn (there was already a small zip in the back- I prefer to work with what I've got!) I attached the elastic - I've not done this before and it was hard!! Any tips on the best way to do it would be appreciated :)
All in all, it was actually a really basic re-fashion. The fact that the material is such a stand-out means that it will be striking, and the wider shoulders give it a chance to, well - strike!
So, the end result was great (the pattern's an eye-catcher!) but you may see this one again. I'm not really happy with the elasticated waist or the sleeves, so it pretty much back on the project pile ...
|Thanks for reading!!!|