I picked up a few jersey knit dresses to wear in the summer, I got one in black, one in green and one in lavender. I found that I would pull the black or green dresses out of the closet over the lavender one. Every time.
I like the other ones when I’m wearing them, but not this one. Maybe it’s the lighter color? Anyway, this one has been in the refashion pile for awhile.
I had a general idea of what I wanted to do with the dress so I put it on Sally and surveyed the situation to see if it’d be possible.
I played with the elastic waistline that used to fall at my natural waist and confirm that I could indeed make it an empire so I also took a seam ripper to the binding on the neckline.
Next I stitched down the raw seams at the arms. Then I folded over the top edge on the front an back and threaded the old sash/belt through. The original plan was to tie it off at the sides.
I decided that the tie would work best in the middle to keep from pulling the back off center. So I cut about halfway down to the waistline in the middle of the back and secured the edges.
I stitched down the top edges, threaded the old sash through and ditched the old belt loops.
I now have a comfortable summer dress. With the tie in the back, I can easily throw on light sweater and wear it to work.
Bad Habits Are Hard to Break
Last week I shared a story on my Facebook page that one of my favorite refashion bloggers had posted a link to. It was about a woman who inhaled a pin accidentally and the need to have a piece of her lung removed to remove the pin.
It was a frightening tale and it made me vow to stop holding pins (and needles) in my mouth while sewing. This is a bad habit and as I was working on this dress I kept finding myself going to hold the pins in my mouth.
It’s a horrible habit that I need to break and that has become sewing goal #1. If you are in the same habit, try to break it because swallowing or inhaling these things is really dangerous and can happen very easily.
Here’s the side-by-side:
I posted about my Kitchen Makeover yesterday and I’m really proud of how it turned out and the handmade touches are frequently complimented by our visitors! (Occasional threats to steal our K have been made in jest!)