Wednesday, December 26

Converting The Red Baby Bump Dress- Wardrobe Building

This dress was originally made for my DnL, when she was pregnant, way back in 2017.  She had thoughts of wearing one of those slim fitting dresses with all the ruching up the side, in order to reveal the bump that was soon to be my grandson.  I made three dresses for her, all in one week, trying to get the look she wanted, before I realized, that I was not a "forever 21" mass production line. I finally decided to just make a simple wrap dress using this matte rayon jersey fabric in black.  I was so happy she didn't like this one!  What was I thinking!!!
I guess you could officially call this one a "save", since I drew it from a pile of lost souls, aka UFP- Unfinished projects, just in time to cut the pleated/gathered side seams off and slim the dress down to  my waist size, stitch the hems and get out the door for our family Christmas Party.  I was intending to make a cute dress with that buffalo plaid you see around my neck, but I just plumb ran out of time.  
The dress is a simple tee-shirt dress designed from my basic dress block.  I figured it should be easy to just throw together a dress with some ruching up the sides, as she had requested.  The original dress was made with added length up the sides to give it the pleating she wanted.  The neckline was made simply by creating a binding from the self fabric.
The original dress was shown on my instagram and the video of me making the "maternity dressform" is on my youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/VumIU4fPlzc 
The length turned out just perfectly for the look I was hoping for, since I had wanted a red column dress for a while now.  The sleeves are the perfect length for any occasion.
Construction Details:
Pattern: Self Drafted from my dress block, sold here.  
Fabric:  Torch Red Rayon Knit Matte Jersey from Sew Much Fabric. 
Finishing:  I finally decided to use my cover-stitch machine to hem my knits.  What took me so long, I have no clue.  I think we become so set in our ways, that the thought of learning something new scares us.  Well, at I think that's the case for me.  
The infinity scarf was made from a rayon poplin that I got from my local fabric store, High Fashion.  I used this fabric to make three other dresses for the family's buffalo plaid themed holiday party.  More details to follow on my regularly scheduled Sewturday Night Live WebCast. 

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