Friday, September 23, 2016

Something old to something new

Project number five for September Sew for 30 is a recycled project.  I had made Simplicity 1881 - the dress on the left a few years ago and always felt like I was wearing a circus tent.  I really liked the dot print and couldn't bear to throw it out, so I decided to remake the dress into something new.  Here is McCall's 6745 on the right - with a gathered skirt rather than the pleated skirt as seen on the pattern envelope.


The old dress was trimmed in this colorful piping - which I reused on the new dress too.  I still had some of the original green linen in the stash that I used on the first dress so I used it for the halter portion, paired with some black cotton from the stash for the waistband.

Back view.  It's a simple halter top with a regular zipper.  I didn't have an invisible zipper in the stash that matched, so I just opted for a regular zipper.

The straps have pant hooks and eyes at the back neck.  I find pant hooks to be much more comfortable against the neck when compared to smaller hooks and eyes.

I added a fun stacked button on the outside of the top strap.

Now that the dress is completed, I'm not sure which version I actually like better.  I'm leaning towards the first version more I think.  Anyways, it's too late to change it again as I'm thrown out the top portion to the old dress so I guess I'm sticking with the new one!  Even if I only wear it a few times, it will be worth it.



The top halter portion adds to the stashbustin' quest too!

Total yardage for the new top portion = 1 yard
YTD total = 84.625 yards

Happy sewing everyone!
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10 comments:

  1. I agree with you about the fabric-I like it too. Both dresses look nice. If you don't like the new version, you could always cut it off and make a skirt.

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    1. Thanks Beverly. Yes, a skirt just might be in its future. Third times a charm!

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  2. Looks like a great dress for a hot summers day! But I agree with Beverly, it would make a lovely skirt if you're still not happy; especially with the black waistband!

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    1. True! Next year it may be reincarnated yet again as a skirt.

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  3. I love this version - but if you don't, as others have suggest, you still have a skirt left! A little jacket might be what you need over the dress...if you have bits in the stash that would suit the dress.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. I'll have to try it with a jacket. A have a little black sweater that just might work perfectly.

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  4. I really like the refashioned version of that dress on you. It shows off your body really well. If you are not keen on it you could always refashion it again!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I think I just might change it again.

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  5. I really like the refashioned version too and agree it compliments your body shape well. Wonder if a shrug or little jacket might help you like it a little more? :)

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    1. I have a little black sweater that I should try to see if I like it better. That just might be the ticket!

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