One of my favourite blogs is New Dress A Day where the blogger Marisa Lynch spent a whole year and $365 on transforming old (and hideous) thrift store clothes into gorgeous wearable pieces. My inspiration started with her blog and so inspired I bought a dress off ebay.
Now you can see by the way it hangs on my dummy (yep I finally have one since my broken dummy seems to have disappeared when we moved) that this dress is rather large. Well I trawled a lot of sites and the whole of Marisa’s blog in the hope I could create something wearable. The dress sat in my sewing box for about a week before I unpicked the skirt from the bodice section, then it shoved back in for another week.
Then Saturday night inspiration hit me and on Sunday I started to create. First I measured my bust then I cut a section off the skirt so the top of the skirt fitted over my bust when pulled up under my arms. I also cut a strip from the middle of the bodice the same length to create a band at the top of the skirt.
So far sew good, only because there wasn’t any sewing involved! I am complete novice at sewing I can straight and zig zag stitch on my machine but that is about it. Firstly I wanted to sew the strip to the top section of the skirt. No problem. Then I needed to sew the skirt together, but whilst doing that I also stitched part of the strip to the skirt the wrong way. Grrr out came the hem pickers, I unpicked part of it then sewed it back up. I should have taken pics of it because the sewing really is a dogs dinner!
Anyway this is the dress finished. I tied the middle with a scarf bought from a vintage shop from Cardiff. I am pleased with it, it stays up and looks quite fifties. I will get a pic of me wearing as soon as I can so you can see how it fits a real dummy 🙂