I do love a bargain, especially when I find something on the sale rack that I feel in love with when it was full price.
I drafted the pattern by rubbing off the
difference between the two side
seams of the black and cream dress.
A scalloped lace remnant from my stash
will create a hem border. I will cut o
ut the netting to silhouette the pattern.
This is exactly what happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I found two mod '60s-style dresses, one black and one cream, each at $7.
The problem was that the cream dress fit me perfectly, while the black dress was about four sizes too small.
I decided to make a simple alteration to the black dress by inserting fabric in the side seams and add a lace embellishment as a hemline border. I went into my stash for black velvet for the insert and some scalloped lace inherited from my mother-in-law for the hem border.
I laid the black dress on top of the cream dress, matching the neckline and shoulder seams.. Then I made a "rub-off" onto pattern paper of the side seam difference on the dress from armhole to hem and drafted a pattern adding 1/2" seam allowances and a 1-1/2" hem.
Next I positioned the scalloped lace on the hemline to determine placement and then worked on cutting out the netting around the lace pattern, which I will then hand sew to the dress.
Over the next few weeks I will stitch the side seam insert to add the proper girth to the dress and finish cutting out the lace and sewing it to the hemline. My dress may have cost $7, but when I get done it will look more like $700.
I love the idea that I am creating an expensive-looking dress for pennies on the dollar, and also that I am using inherited stash.
Do you love to transform garments? Then you simply must check out Shape Shape 2, now on sale for less than my $7 dress in the Sew Daily Shop. This elegant book offers chic patterns for creating minimalist style.
Have you upcycled anything lately? I would love to know!