Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Corona Formalwear

 Hello Readers. What am I doing in formal attire during pandemic? That is a great question! I originally planned to wear this to a fancy anniversary dinner. Those plans got cancelled. It's OK, we still had our anniversary. 


                     This is a lot of dress for quarantine but look at that pretty pink color! I didn't want to give up on it. How could I make it quarantine appropriate?

I did a lot of measuring to get the length just right.

 I did a lot of cutting to get both layers of the skirt even.

 This is where it get s a little crazy. I used a lighter to melt the edge of the outer skirt and stop it from fraying. Why did I do this? It makes the skirt much lighter than a traditional hem does. And playing with fire is fun. It is important to test the fabric first to see if the fabric will just melt and not burst into flames. I kept the flame moving along the edge of the fabric. The base of the flame melted the ends of the threads together. If you stay in one spot too long it will leave a mark. Please note- this is not a safe or professional way to alter clothes, if you try this I am not responsible for any destruction.

Please have a fire extinguisher handy and have good ventilation.

This dress was perfect for getting some yummy Hawaiian shave ice. I added the sneakers and white t-shirt to make this look more casual.

I'm just waiting in line for treats in my new fancy casual dress.


 Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.



A.C. said...

Usually I love what you do, but... I think that the cut off bottom could have been made into butterfly sleeves and a modesty insert in the chest area. This fabric will never look casual, it's just not a casual fabric. Stay safe and continue to sew while we are looking to see what's next for covid situation.

I Can Work With That said...

Hello AC,
Thanks for the comment. I considered covering the cleavage but the fabric was so sheer, it would take more than 1 layer. The fabric is so silky and slippery that I was concerned I would have trouble and possible damage the neckline of the dress. I find delicate formal wear frustrating to deal with. That is why I melted it.
I still have the extra fabric so I will keep the sleeves in mind if I want to work with this dress again.
Happy sewing to you!

jenny_o said...

So cute! I like the T-shirt underneath as it gives it the crossover vibe between formal and fun. I love that shade of pink, too - my favourite kind of pink!

I Can Work With That said...

Hi Jenny!
Thanks for the comment. The color of the dress spoke to me too. Maybe someday I will get dressed up again. It looks like it might be a while though.
It's always great to hear from you.