Yawn. We went south this weekend to the Great Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. (Yawn) I’m tired. It is a LOT to take in. Total stimulation overload. And as I get older I really don’t need the stimulation I once did! Sigh. I’m feeling the years.
If you know me in real life, and even if you don’t but have read here enough, you know that this past year hasn’t been the best as far as homeschooling goes. I’ve wanted the name of a good boarding school so many times I lost count. I just want some peace and quiet, a clean house, organization, sanity, and kids that are well educated without me losing all the natural brown in my hair. GAH!!!! (Not serious about the boarding school athough I do have my moments… Don’t worry – I love my kids and I like having them home with me – most of the time!)
Anyway. The weekend ended well, I have a new plan started for The Teenager for next year and I have total peace about it all. I also have a stack of encouraging books to read, a fresh outlook, and some great sources for encouragement when I need it. And an always faithful and present Heavenly Father. And a wonderful husband.
So. For now let’s move on to ‘How I Made my Dress’.
If I make another dress I will try to do a tutorial. I didn’t this time because I wasn’t sure how it would all turn out and I was totally winging it and making it up as I went.
For the top I used a sleeveless t-shirt that I have from Christopher and Banks. These fit me well and I wear them under most shirts. I wanted this dress to not need a shirt under it, so I used the tank so the neckline would be what I wanted it to be. I just folded the tank top in half and cut around it allowing for seam allowances and a little extra so it wouldn’t fit too tight. I knew I could always take seams in if it made up too big. I also knew I would need to shorten the length of the top because the t’s come down a lot farther than my waistline which was where I wanted the dress waist to be. I cut a front and a back – the back neckline is higher – I just folded the front in to cut out the back and the back in to cut out the front.
For the skirt I used a pattern I have concocted from a skirt pattern I bought. I had already altered the skirt pattern during the winter to make a skirt. I promise I will share my winter skirts and dress when I get a day that works good for a photo shoot. I cut the skirt the same as I would have for just a skirt and then I had to take the side seams in to make it small enough to fit the dress top. This is because I wanted it to fit my waist not my hip line where my skirts usually sit. It worked. I love the dress. It probably wouldn’t have worked out quite so well and easily if I were using a cotton or different fabric than the knit. Knit is pretty forgiving! I have a couple things I would tweak if I made another one but I am very happy with how this turned out. I would be happy to use my skirt pattern and make it the size you need if you wanted to make your own dress. That and a tank top you have that fits like you want and you can make this dress too! Or I could make it for you 🙂
The fabric can be found here. If you are in my area and want fabric I will be ordering again sometime soon. Let me know, you can add your order to mine. Might as well combine shipping costs 🙂
So what do you think? Would you try this? Would you like to see a complete tutorial with photos of how this is done? Would you add any details to a dress? (I considered a collar. or buttons. or…?)