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.
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.
Step One After measuring it over and over I cut the top off Dress B and then turned it upside down.
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.
Step Three I measured how low I wanted it and hemmed the neck.
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.
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.
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