I’m really fascinated with remaking my clothes right now since I haven’t really been able to find any inspiring fabrics recently. A lot of what is sitting in the textile shops is quilting or home decor fabric and when made into clothing, they almost always look like shoddy home sewn costumes.
So here’s the process of the earlier posted dress. I purchased this original skirt when I was in middle school (I liked the plaid, but the length was somewhat unflattering). The silver metal studs on the waist were also kind of a deal breaker…
But being a tiered peasant skirt from the early 2000’s, there was a TON of fabric in it, more and more each tier down. I did like the textured ribbon on the waist, but the studs absolutely had to go. So I reorganized the pieces a little and ended up with this short skirt and a big bundle of brown and blue.
Could have just left it here, but my closet is certainly not lacking in separates. So a dress it will be! However, matching plaid at seams always gives me a headache. I’m pretty terrible at it and always end up with a tiny bit of mismatch. So to save myself this fate, I opted to go for a sort of creative top patterning. I crossed two pieces to make a spiderweb pattern and then sewed in the little sides for a bodice. This gave some pleated room so bust measurement and adjustments were unnecessary.
The pattern did match a bit with itself, but that I assure you was purely incidental. After cutting out some bias strips to bind the edges, the dress was pretty much done.
It was sort of agonizing to sew the X together…but everything else went by pretty fast. Took me maybe 2 hours to finish. But this was on my mother’s incredible industrial beast of a machine.