Sometimes you make a garment that fits well but somehow it doesn’t work with your other closet items. Besides the traditional white shirt I felt I wasn’t inspired by this skirt as it was. It needed a makeover.
I prefer to make and wear separates but some fabrics tend to work better as dresses, don’t you thing? For the skirt part of this dress, I didn’t change a thing from the original skirt besides removing the zipper and attaching a longer one with the bodice. The skirt pattern is the ultimate pencil skirt from Sew Over It.
I didn’t want to use a commercial pattern to match with the skirt. Designing is such a fun activity and is a skill that one must practice often otherwise is easily forgotten.
I have designed 10 patterns for myself so far. I don’t plan making them available as I feel my favourite pattern companies do a great job filling my niche. Seriously, be ready to drooow over Named new collection “new Back”. However one cannot deny the achievement you feel when you see someone wearing a pattern you designed. Have you seen my mademoiselle channel jacket made by Clio. Stunning!
Because the back ‘decotage’ I drafted a more conservative front and princess seams. I’m pretty pleased with the result.
I have worn this dress so many times since I re-made it. Yeah! One of the times; during my commute to Sew Over It for their book launch a lovely lady on the escalators told me how much she loved my dress and wanted to know where she could buy it. I don’t think there are bigger compliments from total strangers.
I normally don’t like alterations on a finished item but adding a design element really made it feel as I was working on a completely new make.
Do you re-work your finished items?