I was always obsessed with an idea of a makeover, those used to be my favorite TV shows when growing up: “What Not To Wear”, “The Biggest Looser”… Hell, even “How Clean Is Your House?”! (Those not familiar with it, two British ladies clean filthy houses). I just love that before and after photo. Also, when talking about restoration of objects, there is that minimalistic aspect. You know, don’t just throw it away- let’s make it better.
I sewn this dress few years ago, it’s one of the beginners classes on Blueprint, pattern McCall’s 7681. Great class, great pattern- one problem: the fabric that supposed to be used was knit. And at the time I didn’t know what the knit was, soo I got this cotton-rayon-God-knows-what and hoped for the best.
My inspiration was this dress worn by Miroslava Duma, of course they’re not the same but it’s that fancy-Christmas-party-you-don’t-leave-hammered kinda vibe I was after. Which is probably the reason why I didn’t wear it that Christmas. Or the one after.
Anyways, I wasn’t happy with how it looked. Also, I was too lazy to go back and fix it so I did what every lazy person would do- put it in the closed and waited for my opinion to change. Which, OF COURSE, didn’t happen. Do you really need to know all the details? Probably not. So let’s finally cut to the chase:
I decided to rip it apart and make it smaller and sexier, much more form-fitting. In order to do that I needed to draft a bodice pattern, one hideously long process- that I also found on Blueprint (this one). In total took me just over a decade to finish the drafting. Joking… well almost. It took me around 10 hours to have finished pattern in my hands. But wait! That’s not even the best part! The best part came when I realized that I don’t have enough fabric for my pattern to work! Ha! So I had to improvise, the good old pinching and sewing aka the dart situation. For those of you wondering: “How many darts are we talking about here?”- I have twelve darts. Yes ladies and gentleman, twelve.
Lack of fabric, also meant no facing for my armholes or the neck- one more great opportunity for improvisation. And with the help of my Instagram friends, I managed to make this frayed finish by stitching few times near the hems in a very narrow stitch length (1mm). Shortened the hanging thread and VOILA! My dress was ready to face the world!
Conclusion, conclusion… What can I say…? Except that I LOVE IT <3 It’s an absolute jackpot! And don’t mind my sarcasm, I love improvisation! What was a bit annoying was me trying to figure out the imperial system calculations and following all the rules at the same time. I mean, I definitely have to learn how to properly draft something more complex than a skirt pattern… But for now, let me get away with one more improvisation project.
So tell me, do you make your own patterns? Or do you improvise with the ones you bought? Let me know in the comments.
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