Friday, December 27, 2019

Dressember 2019; Dress 8

Hello Readers. This is the 8th dress refashion in honor of Dressember to fight human trafficking and modern slavery. Dressember doesn't work alone they partner with other organizations like IJM, A21, and others to help victims escape and recover. You can learn more about the work they do here.
Today's dress was a fun one. It could be a cocktail dress or it could be easily dressed down to something more fun and casual.
Are my legs really that pale? Yes, they really are.

It started with this top that was already sewn and waiting for me at a clothes swap.

 It was at a clothes swap with the tags still on. I just needed something to wear with it.

It had straps that could be tied in the back. I didn't want the tie around the back off my neck.

I stitched them permanently in the center of the back. The straps unbuttoned in the front (And there was a zipper down the side.) so I could get the top on and off.

I needed to make something to wear with this great top so I decided to use a men's shirt. This was a thick heavy black t-shirt. I cut the sleeves and shoulders off and I used the body of the shirt to make a skirt.

I connected it to the bottom of the top to make a dress because it's Dressember and I want to stick with the dress theme. I thought I was all done and ready to go.

I was wrong. It looked terrible. The skirt was too long and it looked sort of .... saggy?
I hated it. So would I do now? I cut it off.

I cheated. I admit it. I made a skirt with an elastic waistband. I know it was wrong. I am supposed to make dresses this month. But it looked so much better as a skirt. It was a little shorter and it was a better balance to the fitted bustier top. There is no point making a terrible dress when a skirt looked so much better. Right?
Cheater, cheater!!
I liked it by itself and I liked how the denim jacket made it more casual and fun. And the jacket made it warmer.
Pale. So pale.
Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.  
Cheat if you must!


KD said...

You made a two-piece, rather than a one-piece, dress. That's not cheating! BTW you look fantastic in it!

I always make 2-piece dresses for myself. I think the fit is better on me, because I am petite. Also, there are mix-and-match possibilities with other 2-piece dresses, slacks, jackets, etc. Lots more options when travelling with 2-piece dresses.

I Can Work With That said...

Hi KD,
That is exactly what I should have said!

Charli Smith said...

How long should the shirt be to start with? Just above the knee? I can not wait to sew this this summer. Thank you so much!
Men's Clothing 2020

I Can Work With That said...

Thanks for the comment Charli. The bigger and longer the shirt is, the longer you can make your skirt. I used the body of the shirt and that gave me plenty of fabric and length.