Thursday, February 18, 2016

An Alice Dress

This dress begins with a bit of a story.

Once upon a time, a long while ago, I won a blog giveaway. It was a very cool giveaway, and I won a very pretty dress from the Wonderland Collection by Shabby Apple - international shipping included! So I was very happy indeed - but imagine my disappointment when I received the dress and realized that it didn't fit me - at all. The waist too low, the gathered skirt unflattering, the skirt too long, the bodice too blousy. I had picked the size that corresponded to my measurements, but the style of the dress combined with the unique quirks of my body didn't work well together. So I put the dress into my wardrobe, and it hung there.

But I didn't want to give up on it. The lace was so pretty! The deep navy colour!
So I cut it apart.
I unpicked the hem.
I picked up some soft and slinky navy jersey, to replace the slightly stiff and satiny lining.
And I used my go-to jersey dress pattern to re-cut the bodice and skirt, replacing the gathers with a slight A-line. The sleeves I kept.
The whole thing was constructed on my overlocker. For now, it's unhemmed, though I'm thinking about redoing the original baby hem. Possibly. At some point.
Though it has been worn on several occasions already, most recently my love's 30th birthday party. :-)

I'm very happy that I could salvage the dress, especially since something like it has long been missing in my wardrobe. Navy and lace and three quarter sleeves, and of course, being made of stretch lace and jersey, it feels like wearing secret pyjamas.

What's your perfect party dress?

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