I spotted a skirt in the sale. It was very long, very plain and very French Navy, which just so happens to very *me*.
Now, normally I would be making a dress into a skirt, so this was a first for me - doing it the other way around!
The skirt itself was 3 sizes too small for me. But, as it was slightly gathered under the waistband, I knew that there was more fabric to play with once unpicked and that it would fit once I'd finished cutting and sewing.
I could *see* the dress waiting to come out!
This was one of those 'I have to make this now and I will figure it out as I go along' kinda projects.
I began by cutting off the waistband which exposed plenty of fabric, as I knew it would. I then grabbed a vest top to use as a pattern for the armholes. And cut those out too. I sewed up the shoulder seams and tried it on for fit. It was definitely starting to look like a dress!
I fancied making it an empire line dress so asked my daughter to draw a line across my tummy while I was wearing the dress. I bravely cut the bottom off then gathered both top and bottom and sewed them back together again!
Except I hadn't taken into account the fact that the 'dress' was wider than the vest top leading to an excess of fabric along the sides. No matter, I can figure it out. So I tapered the side of the bodice THEN sewed them back together.
I'd heard about people stay stitching necks and armholes before adding binding, so that is what I did. After making my own bias binding from some lovely cream and French Navy heart and polka dot fabric, I bound the armholes and neckline and then tried it on again. The stay stitching drew in the excess fabric around the neck beautifully. The armholes are now a little tight, but I can redo those no problem!
I added some ties and a belt (in that order!) primarily to cover up the join in the fabric, but thought it looked good too. I then added tie loops to prevent the ties from slipping out of position.
And then the back was finished too!
Now I just need some warmer weather to wear it in! Pah! I can wear a shrug over the top, that'll be fine - clothes need to be warn after all!