Thursday, November 4, 2010

My Monster Outfit

I feel like Dr. Frankenstein, the mad-scientist who made a monster out of spare parts.  Tell me if I'm that crazy...

I have two dresses, neither of which fit me.  One has a beautiful top, but the bottom is too short even for use as a tunic.  The other dress has adorable ruffles on the bottom but isn't long enough to reach up to my shoulders.

Can you see where we're heading?

I put the two dresses together and created a new one, a monster.  Actually, I like the way it looks.  (Photos below.)

The only problem is I assembled it with bobby-pins and need to learn how to sew.  I plan to do that and joining these two dresses will be my first major project.  Several of you (e.g., Diana) are great seamstresses and inspire me to acquire that talent.

Have you ever done anything like this?


  1. Awesome idea. I can sew, but have never attempted this ... please share the final outcome :-) And there are those gorgeous legs again ... sigh, I'm working on mine ;-)

  2. It's very interesting (I love the ruffles!) and I'm pretty sure it will look great when sewn together. Maybe think about adding an interesting detail to the top part? :)

  3. Such a great idea! :) When I'll get tired of two dresses or maybe a top and a skirt, I'll definitely try to make a new dress :) Too bad I'm only learning how to sew on a sewing machine but even hand sewn items still look great (but it's much harder to sew).
    Show us some pictures when you'll finish (or if you feel like it, do a mini tutorial, so that all of us can learn something).

    Thank you for your comments on my blog and for following me! :)

  4. i think its a great idea to combine the 2 dresses. im a horrible sewer tho...

  5. There has to be a better word for one who sews than "sewer" -- who wants to be a sewer?!

  6. Tailor, seamster, seamstress.

    I am sewing two dresses together right now as well, though I am taking a more patchwork approach. I think what you are attempting will be pretty simple as long as the zipper or closure on the back of the top doesn't have to be cut. And as long as you can get the skirt part over hips or your head and shoulders when putting on the whole dress.

    I can't wait to see what you do too.

  7. Thanks, Sara, for the terms.

    And yes, I can slip it over my head so no back-closure needs to be touched.

  8. hee hee ..... just go down to the 5 & dime and get a big box of safety pins. use them instead of the bobby pins and you're good to go!

    learning to sew is just a god send, especially for those of us that don't have much luck in 'off the rack' sizes. i can't recommend it enough. you'll have a blast, too! happy belated!! steph

  9. Hi and thanks for your comment! This "frankensteined" dress looks awesome, you should definitely turn these two dresses into one! (I do this kind of thing on a regular basis, hence I coined the term "to frankenstein"... :) Looks like all you'll need is one seam... and you could leave the short dress complete in lieu of an underskirt.


  10. I think its a good idea to bring these two together.... i am too impatient to be a seamstress.
    I wish I had the skills though.