You know that feeling you have when you see a dress in the fabric of your dreams but it is in the wrong size? I had this experience recently when visiting my favorite local thrift store. Here was a dress, in three sizes too small but the fabric was gorgeous. I couldn’t turn away as the fabric was too beautiful to pass up. The dress was floor length and gathered at the waist, so I knew I had enough fabric to work with. I took on the challenge to refashion and resize a floor length dress from this glorious fabric.
- I loved the floor length dress, but it waiting until I fit into it one day was unreasonable. I am the size I am and clothes are made to fit me, not me to fit my clothes.
- The dress had lace inlay for the shoulder area, which I didn’t like, so I knew I would not be needing that part.
- The first thing that I did was to separate the top bodice from the skirt portion. I left the lining in the skirt and did not take out the gathering completely. I did loosen the gathering enough to be able to get over my hips.
- I grabbed one of my patterns that I was positive would work for this fabric. The McCall’s Blythe dress was a perfect template.
- I used the bottom portion of the skirt to cut out a new bodice and sleeves.
- I used my own sleeve pattern block as I have had trouble in the past making a standard pattern sleeve fit. Knowing how to customize a sewing pattern to make it your own will help this process.
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Blessings from my house to yours,