Hi everybody, sorry for my little hiatus. I had actually finished this dress a couple weeks ago, but was needing to take after pictures.
This dress came to me curtesy of my dear friend Nicole. This dress was her mother’s and when she found it in a closet she immediately thought of me. Which actually makes me really happy that people see an article of clothing and think, I’ll give it to her she can do something with it.
I love the print, but with all the fabric this dress is really busy looking. It was also a wrap dress, and since I didn’t know how to take it in I just decided to restructure.
The first thing I did was separate the top from the skirt and remove the massive shoulder pads.
I opened up the skirt so it laid flat and then folded it over so it was doubled over, this was a little difficult because it was a wrap dress so the skirt was an odd shape.
I put my quarter circle skirt pattern on it and cut out a new skirt from the old one. The next thing I did was to remove the collar and the front tie thingys. I opted to unpick it vs. cutting.
I then used my super cool surger to surg up all the raw edges that my unpicking left. I then turned that new surged edge over and sewed it down so that I had a new clean seam along the neckline of my top.
I decided that I wanted to turn the top of the dress around, so now the back is the front and the front the back. Which created a visually pleasing boat neck design. I attached the two pieces by placing the skirt inside the top. This part is always a little confusing and I always double check before I start seeing, but you want to make sure the raw edges line up and the right sides of the skirt and top are facing each other.
To finish it up, I added a zipper to the new back of my top. I did this by first sewing the unattached back together with a basting stitch and then placing the zipper face down in that stitch and pinning it down. I used my new zipper foot to get the job done.
This was my first zipper I’ve put in with my machine so it looks a little dodgy, but it works.
I finished my dress up by turning the bottom of the dresses raw edges over twice, and then making a little sash out of the left over material. I also had to take the top in a bit where it wasn’t fitting correctly because it used to be the back, so I made some darts above the bust of my dress by putting it on inside out, pinching the access and then sewing it. Which I of course forgot to take pictures of.
It finally had warmed up (since wearing it we’ve gotten a major cold front) so I wore my new dress to go check out the Meux house in Fresno. I love historical places and have always wanted to check this place out. It’s a gorgeous 9 room Victorian home, and I loved every minute of it. Sadly they don’t allow photography inside the house, but the beautiful porch lent some pretty great pictures if I do say so myself.
I finally got some sun on my legs and saw a bunch of awesome Victorian items. Trivia time, why was it called the Victorian era? Comment down below if you know.
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