The Week #1 challenge was to create a garment that combined floral with stripes or geometric shapes.
Never, never, never in a million years would I have combined striped and flowers! That's just not who I imagine myself to be. But alas, i'm in the challenge and I want to win and so I gave it a shot!
I was torn between this prairie dress and a basic black and white floral skirt. I figure "If you're going to challenge yourself really do it!" I chose the dress that I liked the least and decided to turn it into something that I could really love and wear. I'm thrilled with how she turned out! Dusty Rose (my name for her) has truly blossomed!
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|Dusty Rose and I in Times Square|
I started with a floral prairie dress and a boxy stripped t-shirt.
|Floral print close up|
|boxy striped t-shirt close up|
The dress was WAY to small for me. I was a junior size 9 (I wear a woman size 16/18). Because the skirt of the dress was heavily gathered I knew that I would end up with enough fabric to make a full skirt.
|Junior Size 9 - yikes!|
Like with all refashions, I begin by cutting off the parts of the garment that don't work for me.
|I cut the skirt from the dress bodice|
|Cut BELOW the pin!|
|Sew the dress top to the bottom|
PRO TIP: The first time you join 2 pieces sew using a large stitch with no back stitch at the beginning or the end. This allows you to view your work, but the stitch is easy to remove if you need to make adjustments.
|Second row of stitching|
If you're happy with the finished product, you're all done. I needed this dress to be a little less boxy, so I cut it to enhance my shape.
|Cut to enhance my figure|
Finally, I added a little ribbon to complete the look.
I forgot to photograph it, but I also shortened the sleeves and cut the neckline a little deeper.
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