Give Danielle another chance!
|After the refashioning|
|Before the refashioning|
It's a free pattern, so go grab it if you like! As you can tell from my project name, I really DID like it a lot, and I got nice comments and compliments for it.
And then..... I never wore it. Ok, once. I wore it to the theater and didn't feel right in it. Didn't feel "me" in it. I am not saying that I dislike the dress, I disliked it on myself. I felt that it was too girly. I am not a girly girl and I don't wear dresses a lot as is... But I keep wanting to change that. So I decided to give Danielle another chance.
The first thing that had to go was the empire waist and the fabric I had chosen for it. So I took some black jersey and made a much wider, waistband-type midsection:
I sewed the pleats together lower (where the pins are in the above picture) and added the jersey over the original band, pleating it along the zipper like so:
Then the puffed sleeves really needed to go, too:
I bound the arm holes with bias-tape, since I had actually lined the whole dress with black silk - a delicious feeling! - and needed to somehow finish the two layers together nicely:
I made a pattern for black chiffon sleeves, sewn down the center-ish line on the pattern below and then let the smaller part fall over the wider part:
At this point I basically thought I was done. So I put it on, liked what I saw, yet noticing how amazingly complicated it is to zip up such a long zipper in the back. Even though I do yoga and can easily touch my hands behind my back! So struggle and wiggle I did, and sure enough, *****the zipper breaks!*****
Aaaaargh. It was one of those invisible ones, too...
But since I was already in that yoga-state-of-mind, I just let a bad thing turn into a great chance....
So I looked what kinds of zippers I had at hand but of course I didn't find one first. Just a shorter, really bold one. Aha! A short bold one! Had I gone out to buy one, I would never have chosen this one, but it is really great!
I decided to lower the back neck - which makes the closing of the zipper by yourself much easier, too - and apply this big old visible zipper to the outside, also covering up the newly sewn-on jersey, which didn't look so hot in the back anyway... I'd say that accident solved a bunch of problems! It is actually quite similar to my other recent "broken zipper solution".
I marked the height where the bra-strap is in the back, to be sure that is covered up, then cut away the triangles and simply sewed the zipper over everything (I had cut off the old zipper, just the "teeth"-part, as closely as possible):
I actually hand-sewed the new neckline above the zipper, to make it look nice and smooth, and then I added a hook and eye, too, so the zipper doesn't open up all by itself. And what do you say - isn't that a much more interesting back than it used to be?
I'd love to know if you agree or disagree. I think it is a question of personal style and taste and I have yet to find out whether or not I will finally end up wearing this dress... After all, it's still girly, but I find it more elegant and adult in a way...
|The back before|
|The back after...|
Last but not at all Least:
Did you see the bandage around my finger? I will absolutely NOT get into details, but please listen carefully when I tell you that a sewing machine IS after all a machine, and you want to be VERY careful where you put your fingers while your foot is on the pedal. Ok? Learn from my mistake! Make this one of the mistakes you don't have to make yourself in order to learn from it.
* Mark * my * words * and save yourself a trip to the emergency room. :-)
I'll be back with a bunch of t-shirt refashionings and the vintage dress with tutorials!
Take care and try to stay cool!