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Topic: Long skirt into funky dress - with tute  (Read 25231 times)
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« on: February 20, 2010 02:28:35 AM »

Hi all,

I've been reading craftster for a couple of months and getting very inspired. I thought it was time I shared one of my reconstruction projects:

I had a long, tartan pattern red skirt which I loved and used to wear a lot:

I lost a bit of weight since buying it, so it only just hung on my hips, and I don't really seem to wear long skirts these days anyway. So I decided to try and let my lovely skirt live on as a Burn's night dress.

Here is the dress I used as inspiration:

(I don't actually know who Taylor Swift is - should I be embarrassed?)

I took a dress that fits me well and traced the outline on two large pieces of paper:

I marked out where I wanted the patches to be then cut them into individual pieces of paper:

I lay them out on the dress fabric, making sure that the lines of the tartan were lined up differently on the different patches (remembering to allow for seam allowance!)

I sewed all the bits together, finished the seams with a zig-zag stitch, and hemmed it with invisible thread. And here's the finished product:

The bottom panel of the front of the skirt has three little pleats so I had to cut it a little wider than the rest of the dress. I also gathered the neckline with a few pleats at the shoulder - just using trial and error until it fit nicely. The back doesn't show up well in the photo, but there are two triangular patches on either side at the waist. The material is a jersey stretch, so I can *just* squeeze into it without a zip - yay!

Perfect for addressing haggises (haggi?) for Burns night.


Thanks for all the positive feedback! I am so flattered by such a warm response.

Check out Lilybet85's version here - I love the addition of ruffle :-)
« Last Edit: March 02, 2010 02:26:26 PM by baby_jacket » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010 02:52:42 AM »

Very well done. It looks professional and well-fitting. You look great in it.

« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2010 04:51:06 AM »

That dress is amazing!
I never would have thought a skirt could turn into a dress
Great Work!

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010 05:08:08 AM »

This is amazing! I actually have a long skirt that I love, but it doesn't fit right. I'm definately going to try this with it now!

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2010 07:03:46 AM »

Good work. This might be silly question but what is invisible thread?
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2010 07:17:37 AM »

That is an amazing recon!  Fabulous work.


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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2010 07:36:11 AM »

That's really great looking! Wow- you've inspired me, I think.

Now, to just find my freezer paper......

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2010 07:43:05 AM »

You clever old thing! What a great idea.
The dress looks stunning on you and well made.

Come to think of it, I've got a very long skirt that is too small for me now. Lessee if it can be turned into something me can wear now.
Thanks for the inspiration.

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2010 07:58:42 AM »

Wow that is amazing! And very well done!!!!

Okay so once again I am completely redoing my pictures. Got tired of photobucket, the only reason I used it was for here so I decided I will just use Craftster's photo uploader. So while I am switching over my photo links will be broken. Message me if there is a post you would like the pics for.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2010 08:06:32 AM »

Gorgeous work!

I love the patching technique!
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