I got out my basket of "what if" clothes that I have to use in reconstruction. It was full of wonderful things I never wear but couldn't get rid of. I ended up making 3 dresses only because when I got started I couldn't stop and also when finished I could try them on as if I were in a department store and make a decision based the look and fit of several dresses. Today I am featuring the first in the line up. I will post the other 2 and then ask you which one you would have picked and later reveal which one made to the top. The one I ended up wearing fit like a glove and made me feel like a princess. I don't get out much so that may be a stretch but you girls know when your clothing fits well and you love the style it makes you feel good.
Here is what I started with for dress #1, there was a black dress made out of crinkle knit material, a lace tank top, and a piece of purple knit material I bought somewhere for 50 cents.
The black dress was wonderful but I just never wore it, I just don't get out enough. And the purple knit I bought because it was just a great color and eye appeal is everything.
First I tried on the tank and while looking in the mirror I placed a staight pin where I wanted to cut off the bottom of the tank to make the dress and cut it to length. Then I took some of the black lace that I cut off from the tank and made 2 lengths(one wider than the other) to ruffle. I placed one on top of the other and made a running stitch up the middle that I pulled to make it ruffle and pinned it to the front of the left over tank. I stitched it first by hand then secured it with machine stitiching. Next I took the purple knit and made my waistband. I pretty much just took the material and put it around my middle to estimate the size of it. I attached that to the top of the tank with my serger. The black dress I cut off making it as long as possible cutting it off as close to the top of the dress as possible to aquire a tea length for the skirt. I attached the skirt to the waistband and moved on to the embellishments. I sat at night after work in front ot the tv just playing with roses and more lace. I really took my time coming up with what I believe makes the dress a finished work of art. I took the purple knit and made 2 roses by cutting a rectangle about 3" wide and 15" long. I used the twist and roll method of making the rose securing it with hand stitches as I went along. I hand stitched the roses to the front of the dress that brought my project to completion. I must tell you I had all 3 dresses going at once. I would work on one then put it down and work on one of the other dresses. I think that sometimes you have to walk away from what you are working until the right inspiration comes along so you can finish. I am very happy with the out come of this dress and I think it is because I took the time to just relax and create. I wasn't afraid to try something than rip it out and start over till I got it right.
I also took some the left over black lace and made a bow that I tacked on the back of the dress by hand.