I've been continuing to go through my closet and pull out sweaters, dresses, and blouses and alter them after noticing that I don't wear them very much, for whatever reason.
This skirt was originally a maxi-length dress I sewed for the Colette book party back in the fall. I loved the dress and neglected to take a photo of it. I sewed it using a pattern from The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress. It was the Truffle Dress, and I didn't make any changes to the pattern except I dropped the hem line to the floor. I used a lovely lace for the asymmetrical overlay. I am so bummed I didn't snap a photo of it to show before I changed it!
Anyhoo, this was made from a knit, but it's a pretty heavy knit, so it worked as a woven. I got the fabric at Mill Ends. And I must say here that the Colette Sewing Handbook is a wonderful resource to have in a sewing library. It's great for everyone, especially those who want to dive into garment sewing for the first time. It's really different than the Built By Wendy Sew U book, which is also a good place to start. The Collette book has fewer pattern variations but more detailed information on the construction and has a much more vintage/classic look. It's a real gem.
So, I wore the dress to the party and had a blast sewing it, but ultimately the longer length wasn't so good for everyday wear. I loved the fabric and wanted it in a skirt—so I cut the dress up, added a facing to the skirt waist (there were already darts in there from the dress construction) and then I added a back zipper. Oh, I forgot to mention I didn't put a zipper in the dress because of the knit having some stretch. Now it's one of my favorite skirts. I'd rather have a happy skirt than a neglected dress.
The blouse I didn't sew, but I love. It's made out of some creepy polyester and it's from forever 21. You know how that is.
- I changed my banner to celebrate the beginning of spring and I also put a little pinterest button on my side bar, so you can see my latest inspiration/wantiness.
- I'm almost done knitting a sock. It's a process sock. A sock full of mistakes, love, frustration, 3 different sets of needles, one of them broke, and it has an off center heel! I have learned a lot.
- I am starting dress 2/3 for the upcoming trip to Colonial Williamsburg in about 6 weeks. I'm not sure if the adults in our house will be donning costumes or not. I'm also not sure how I can reasonably pack 3 petticoats.