Feeling Blue (Another it takes Two)

Two of the same dress

I Bought these dresses many months ago, but have been to chicken to get started on this one. It is not that my plan was all that hard. It was that I liked the dress so much I was afraid of screwing this up. Plus the fabric is one of those that you cut it and it begins to unravel immediately.

But I am going on a trip this summer and wanted the dress for the trip.

I am not kidding when I say this was one of those projects that I measured and double checked everything three times and was literally praying the whole time.
I knew what I wanted to do with this dress the minute I saw it. So here is the plan.

The Plan

It is really hard to illustrate, because the picture in my head of what I was doing was so specific.

As always with this kind of project I get two dresses. I usually have Dress A  fit me and Dress B the largest they sell, but this was a one size fits all dress, so I just bought two.

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Step One After measuring it over and over I cut the top off Dress  B and then turned it upside down.

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I wanted the tube part of the two dresses to meet.

Step Two I measured and then cut down the two sides for sleeves and the front into a v-neck. Then I zig zagged all the edges.

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Step Three I measured how low I wanted it and hemmed the neck.

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Step Four Then I turned it inside out and sewed close the top along the shoulder line. At this point it was so wide that the shoulders were hanging half way down my arm.

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Step Five I took one of the little elastic  spaghetti strappy things that came with the dress and sewed it into the seam across the shoulders. That created a nice soft gather across the shoulders and pulled it off my arms.

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Step Six The final step was to connect the two dresses together. With right sides facing I measure and pinned the two dresses and  sewed them together putting the seam at an angle right under my bust.  Then I cut off excess fabric and zig zagged the seem.

Despite all the Stress, Sweat and Tears the dress was a success. I have to say this is one of my better projects. The picture doesn’t really do it justice. It looks so much better in real life.

After wearing it to church today I decided I didn’t like the belt I have for it so I am modeling it without. More on sewing

All Done

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11 Responses to Feeling Blue (Another it takes Two)

  1. Ok, so pretty much every time I read your blog I think to myself, “She is so freakin’ talented! I hate her.” And I mean that in the most loving way possible. I am riddled with envy and jealousy 🙂

  2. Pam says:

    I’m definitely going to have to keep this in mind. I’d never thought of buying two dresses to attach them when I came across an immodest dress or skirt.

  3. Tawny says:

    love it!!! it turned out soo good!!!

  4. Sarah says:

    Every time I see a post by you, I am always amazed by what you do! This dress is beautiful! You are so talented! Who would have thought to put the 2 dresses together like that to create a modest dress?! You! I love it!

  5. Kersten says:

    I love it! I wish we still leaved near each other so you could help me make things.

  6. nate says:

    This is soooo incredible. are soooo creative!!

  7. naomi stroud says:

    U are so savvy and fashionable!! I LOVE IT!!!

  8. Vicky says:

    Wow!!! I mean…wow. I can’t think of another word for it. except maybe…cute, creative, adorable, fun, jealous…to name only a few.

  9. Nora, that makes me feel so good that you would say that. You need to post some engagement pictures on facebook. I want a better look at this guy.

  10. Nora says:

    You are amazing. I had to take my wedding dress to a tailor and all I could think was, “I wish I could just take this to Natalie”. I know you would get it right.

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