Thanks for the outpouring of love last week. I appreciated everyone who felt strongly about everything and made a point to get in touch. It was a good boost and got me feeling sew happy. I managed to get some time put aside to do something quick and fun.
Let’s get crackin’…
I found this sweet strapless polka-dot dress at a clothing swap. I liked the shape of the skirt and it’s a comfortable fabric that makes it a comfy wear. I love clothing that is deceptively fancy, it looks like I’m done up but I’m lying to all of you.
What I didn’t like about this:
- The lack of straps. Strapless dresses don’t do well with me, they slide down and I spend the whole day hiking it back up.
- This straight across neckline. It gives me some clumsy uni-boob.
The top of this dress was not meant for me, which is such a shame because the bottom half fits so well. My first thought was to chop it in half and turn this into a cute skit.
I’ll consider that to be plan B.
I’ve never had to reconstruct a neckline and since I didn’t like the top half of this dress anyway… what the hell, lets risk screwing this up.
The bodice is in two layers so I took out the stitches and ironed out the seam allowance, that way I could chalk out my new shape with accurate measurements.
After I was happy with the shape, I gave it a snip and sewed it all back together and pressed it down.
That left me with a nice sweetheart neckline that was much more complimentary to my shape.
Great, neckline dealt with, now I have to deal with that strapless issue. I had this white sateen in my stash that was just enough to make some cap sleeves out of.
After serging the edges, cuz this little jackass frays like crazy, I attached the shoulder and underarm seams.
The edges of the “neckline” and armholes of these sleeves needed a quick hemming before I could move on to attaching them to the actual dress. I matched up the side seams with the side seams of the dress, so it doesn’t look awful, and then stitched everything into place.
I used white thread on top but left my bobbin thread navy so that the understitching would match the colour of the dress.
I can’t decide if this is a success or not.
I guess time will tell, don’t be surprised if this makes a return as a skirt. But for now, I can wear a bra with this and that’s a win.