So, I bought the dress pictured below from a Next store 6 years ago, the price was massively reduced which is typical at the very end of summer sales. As usual, the light-headed thrill of scoring a seemingly good bargain clouded my sense of good judgment.
All I need is a tight bun, not one stray strand of hair in sight, a horse & carriage and I’m good to go for a Jane Eyre audition. A classic case of Impulse buying over Intent buying, as the cut ofthe dress does nothing for my figure, I look better in clothes that accentuate the slimmest part of my frame – my waist.
Anyway, I was not going to let that lush fabric go to waste and so I decided to stage an intervention *insert halo and shimmery skin*. The original outfit is a 2-piece dress with a blouson bodice, straight skirt and cowl collar. The back of the dress has both buttons and a zip.
Well, I’ve always liked the idea of separates in the same fabric, so what to do?
- Detached bodice from skirt
- Removed collar
- Hemmed neckline using black bias tape
- Used collar fabric to create a 2-inch waist band
- Placed stiff stay over the waist band and pressed
- Took in the top of the skirt by a few inches to fit my waistline
- Attached waist band to the skirt
- Attached a few inches of spare black fabric to the bodice for tucking-in allowance
- Finished the bottom edge of the bodice using the rolled hem technique
The revamped outfit isn’t quite ready for the big unveiling, it’s nearly there though. Yes, I know… suspense is so very middle class (in Violet Crawley’s voice).
I love Downton Abbey 🙂