This is my fifth 2018 Make Nine item (and it's April - just saying); number four is for the next post, but this is so fabulous, I had to share it first!
As mentioned in my last post, I am very taken with the Charm Patterns Rita Blouse, and had grand plans to hack it into a dress. Below are just a few of my inspiration dresses:
|1. Collectif 2. Coco Fennell 3. Coco Fennell|
In fairness, I love just about every dress on both the Collectif and Coco Fennell websites, and they feature heavily on my Pinterest sewing boards - anyway...
This was honestly so easy to hack. I made two changes:
1. Cut the bodice pieces off at the waist, and added a seam allowance.
Gertie has very helpfully marked the waist on all of the bodice pieces, so it really was just a case of marking a seam allowance 15mm below.
2. Lengthened the sleeves by 10".
This was really easy too. All I did was re-trace the original sleeve, then add 10" to the underarm seam. Here's what it looks like, the original sleeve hem is the horizontal line.
I also added 5 cm to the length of the bodice, as I thought my top versions were a little bit short. To determine how much to add, I measured from the underbust seam (where a bra underwire sits) to my waist at the centre front, then added the length in above the waist mark.
The skirt is my self-drafted A-line skirt. The neckline and sleeves are hemmed with bias tape, which I made from the same fabric as the dress.
Talking of fabric, this is some black vicose with little anchors that I found on ebay, and I'm pretty pleased with how I managed to line all the little anchors up!
I am thrilled with how this dress turned out, it's kind of 70s and exactly how it looked in my head - what's not to love?!