Sewing: Transforming a Top into a Flattering Dress
Her hacks are as follows:
- This is probably the most obvious hack, but I think it turned out pretty well. I lengthened the pattern so that my shoulder to hem length was 105cm.
- I also flared out the skirt extension, the hem width was 45cm from the centre front fold of the dress. I kept the hem straight, and finished it off with a 1cm-1cm folded hem.
- As it was my intention on adding a waist tie to this dress extension, I also wanted to include two different variations on how to tie said waist tie.
The first method was to leave an opening in the side seam, this would allow me to thread through the wait tie in a verity of different ways and allow me to style the dress for different looks. To do this, I left a 5cm gap in the side seam (around where my waist is) to allow me to thread my waist tie through.
- The second was the classic belt loop style, I made these from a 6-8cm piece of fabric that I fused, overlocked and then presses and folded into a belt loop. I then topstitched this on top of the side split. This not only offers me a second variation of how I wear my belt loop, but also covered the side split when not in use!
- My last addition to the dress was a simple, yet effective waist tie. As an hourglass body shape, I find that having a waist tie defines my silhouette and makes the chances of me reaching for a garment much higher (if it has a waist tie).
- For this addition I used the width of the fabric and cut two 12cm strips of fabric to make my waist tie. I then joined the two lengths, to make my waist tie 150cm long, I cut the ends at a 45 degree angle and sewed it all up!
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