Last summer, I tried to make a dress out of this fabulous, breezy orange fabric I had. It was going to be an easy, go-to sundress for any occasion. I had a pattern. I measured things, I cut pieces, I cut lining, I sewed things together, I followed the instructions to a tee (if you know me, you know that NEVER happens). Then I tried it on. Apparently patterns default to a B cup size – um, yeah, not since 7th grade for me. “Okay, so the bust was a little small, I can improvise and fix this,” I thought, naively. I tried to add a bit of length to the bodice, thinking I could fix it later with darts. Did not work. I kept trying different solutions, ripping out stitches, sewing things together again a different way, and finally, I hung the breezy, not-so-easy, orange dress in the closet to hibernate for a year or so, while I sharpened my skills.
After mulling it over on and off for a year, I came to the decision that I just needed to have cut it out differently. Since I have yet to craft a working time machine, I decided to salvage what I could. I cut off the bottom and made a cute tea length skirt with POCKETS!!
I cut the entire bodice off, folded the waist piece that was left and sewed it. I almost lost the zipper in the process. Public Service Announcement – do not try to zip a zipper up if there is nothing to stop it at the top. The zipper pull will come off, and you will curse a lot when trying to put it back on.
I really love how this skirt turned out, and it is such that I feel like I can wear it to a party, out to dinner, or just for a day of relaxing. I can carry my phone, chap stick and my wallet in it easily and be hands-free all day!
It is comfortable and easy as pie. I kept the bodice, thinking I can repurpose it for something. I am happy that I was able to salvage part of my disaster and make this cute skirt.
I have not given up on making a dress. In fact, I am taking an online class about the basics of dress making! I am looking forward to it. I am also working on my pattern following skills by making some shorts, and some pajamas using a pattern. I will follow the directions – at least, that’s what I keep telling myself 🙂