Moodene - those outfits are adorable, and your 8 year old designer has great taste!
Bev - that top is perfect - can go anywhere!
I finally got some sewing done - my dress for our department winter banquet. My friend was shocked when I couldn't come to her 2pm hair appointment because I was still working on it. I finished at 3:30 for a 6:30 banquet, I thought that I was in really good time!
Reworking from another dress is not without it's headaches, but when else are you going to get a 100% silk dress for the cost of a zipper and bias binding? (And then only when your mom gifts you the dress she got at an estate sale - she's awesome for finding materials!)
Pattern:BurdaStyle 5/2011 Dress with an a-line skirt
(Burda is so inventive with their names
I didn't get any full-body shots last night, but the flash does bring out the colour a little more, even if it washes me out (I had make-up on, honest!)
The front neckline is from the original dress. I tweaked the back neckline to fit the shoulders and the new zipper (sigh - I didn't think that one through, so needed to put in another one: invisible this time though!). I used bias binding for the armholes, although the curve they are at, that was severely pushing the limits of bias stretch. I rescued the hem tape from the original dress to use again on this hem. The original dress was underlined with lining fabric, so I just cut everything out with fabric+lining and serged each piece around all edges (that border fabric had metal threads, and unravelled like crazy!), and treated them as one. The bottom side panel I had to do in pieces to get it all on the border, but that also allowed me to almost line up the first stripe on the bottom of the front and back - I didn't have enough room on the original dress not to have any border on those panels.
As I said in my blog post
, the finished dress wasn't quite what I was expecting. DH likes it though, and it's beginning to grow more on me now that I see what it is rather than what I was aiming for (which was more Audrey Hepburn than Mod).