I was starting to think I was never going to get another blog post up this month! In keeping with my pledge I've been doing a lot of alterations and repairs. It seemed no sooner than the pile was done, than one or other family member would appear with a garment with a hole, a missing button or a bag with a rip. Maybe I should take some time out to teach them to sew themselves?! Or maybe sewing should go back on the school curriculum for everyone. Surely it's a life skill and extending the life of stuff you would think would be a very practical, cheap and relatively easy way to help ease finances and contribute towards sustainability...
Where was I? Oh yes. I've done all the repairs. Please don't bring anymore! I've also completed my daughter's refashion this month.
Both my daughters have a lot of imagination when it comes to getting dressed. They seem to come up with new and unexpected combinations daily. The idea for this refashion came from an outfit my daughter saw Ariana Grande wearing, made by Kenley Collins.
This was the dress before:
It was bought new but was outgrown - a little girl's dress really, with long side zip and loose fit pulled in at the back with ties, and net petticoat underneath.
This is how it looks now:
Now I appreciate this looks like I've just cut it in half, but believe me this is not the case! I've reshaped the top (several fittings), added interfacing, buttons and buttonholes, I've re-shaped the waist, made a waistband (hand stitched down inside), I've shortened and re-inserted a lapped zipper (small scream) including slip stitching down the lining, and shortened the skirt and net underskirt and possibly other alterations I've forgotten. In a nutshell, nearly as much work as making a new outfit!
Here is my beautiful youngest daughter modelling her 'new' clothes:
She could teach me a thing or two about confidence in front of the camera for sure!
I loved how this came out and am relieved to say it was worth the effort!
I'm getting on well with the rest of my pledge too, so hope to be back with another blog post soon. How's your May going? Participating in Me-Made-May or not, I hope you're having a great month!
Happy sewing, 'til next time,