Friday, July 25, 2014

kcw: Stash Control & the Sea Change Dress

Ever walk into your sewing space and wonder "how did I become a hoarder?". I did a major purge at the beginning of this summer, and along with it I made a pile of all the acquired and thrifted goods that needed to be given a second chance. The first to be transformed: a skirt that a friend handed down to me- the gorgeous deep jade color and lovely embroidered pattern at the bottom were too good to be left waiting any longer. It was a piece that she was ditching after losing a significant amount of weight, a feat which I am so proud of her for, and it offered up a fair amount of fabric to play with. After some minor agonizing over what to do with it, I used the oldest trick in the book and made it into a summery dress for Phia. I kept the embroidery at the hem in tact and graded it so that it would be a more manageable amount of fabric for a shirred bodice, and I love the ultra fluttery and and ripply result. The straps came from some fabric taken out of the dress when I took out the zipper and I am kind of loving the embroidered pattern at their ends. I have aspirations to knock out the rest of the pile and hope they are as gratifying as this little frock. 


kristin said...

perfect use of the skirt!! i love how full and twirly it is, bet it'll become a favorite this summer. been wanting to make a dress like this for Em myself. gorgeous color, too.

kristi said...

Very cool refashioning. I love the long length on a little girl.

Erin said...

Phia is such a stunner! Love the dress- I'm such a fan of good upcycles...gorgeous!

Melissa said...

Really beautiful!

Just Ma said...

Beautiful dress. Keep coming w/more repurposing ideas. Excellent model!
Love, Ma

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