Have you ever designed or made a dress? I'm giving it a try.
I love projects. Coming up with a cool idea, learning new skills as I try to make something, and relishing a final result is always fun. The process usually has unexpected twists and surprises that keep me jumping.
I have a beautiful long gown that I thrifted last year for a song. It fits me perfectly -- but how often do you have occasion to wear a formal gown? Almost never.
A light bulb went off in my brain. I could convert this gown into a shorter, sassier party-dress! That prospect fueled other ideas and, before good sense had time to visit me, I decided to create a Frankenstein dress. Why Frankenstein? Because I'm creating my monster out of pieces from three different dresses, along with some scraps found on my laboratory floor. (Its brain is from a bloke named "Abby Normal.")
The monster I hope to end up with will be a flirty 1950's housewife dress, shortened to just below the knee, flaring out with a petticoat sewn into the skirt, and embellished with a new fabric belt that ties in a big fluffy bow in back. I might add a flower button, too.
This project is obviously going to take some serious sewing. Rather than bemoan that prospect, I'm welcoming it. It will entice me to learn new sewing skills.
I've long admired bloggers who can make and re-fashion clothes. (I'm talking about you, Megan and poet!) Given my odd body-shape and frequent fit-issues, knowing how to alter clothes is a talent I need to acquire. This project is a catalyst for me to learn it.
Can you sew? Do you ever make your own clothes? Can you tailor any that need a little adjustment?