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’…
Maxi skirts make for perfect summer wear. I’ve expressed my appreciation for them in the past – that they offer me comfort while looking like I actually tried today.
This week is a humbling one. Before we continue I want to ask everyone to remember past projects that were very successful. For the sake of my ego, please!
I bought this dress a while ago. It was cheap and I liked the bold print so I grabbed it.
It’s a one size fits all (read: unflattering) and I don’t love the way the top half fits. It’s got this boxy rectangle thing going on and gave me some broad shoulders.
I added it to my “fix-it” list and then shoved it in a dresser to be forgotten about. You know, like an adult.
A while later I revisited it and I thought I would roll the top half down and wear the dress as a skirt.
It would result in this gorgeous silhouette.
Again I banished it to the dresser, too stubborn to let it go.
So this weeks project was pretty obvious and super easy (yay!) Turn the dress into a skirt, get rid of the excess.
I folded the top down to meet with the waist line. This way the elastic that kept the dress up was now at waist level.
I used those stitching lines as a guide to keep it even all the way around. Then it was just a straight stitch under the elastic.
Then I cut the bulk and ironed out the seam.
It’s a skirt and it doesn’t look like I’m trying to smuggle anything in my hips.
This is a perfect Victoria Day post, it took no time and now I can go outside and play.
I’ve been sewing up a storm lately. It’s an activity I enjoy, so there’s not a lot to complain about except one detail – it’s all for other people.
My fabric store had this on clearance:
I fell in love with the texture, and the colour of this houndstooth was an unusual combination. I snatched it up without a clear plan (story of my life) but I was confident that I would figure one out.
A lot of my posts so far have been re-purposing existing clothes. The reason for this is simple:
I’ve been to a lot of clothing swaps lately.