Going To The Closet
Earlier this spring I cleaned out my closet. I had several soft rayon type dresses that I had worn forever and was sick of. The fabric was soft and easily machine washed and well, it was difficult to just part with such great fabric. So off to the sewing room they went. When looking for something to make I wanted a simple design to balance the fabric, I went into the files, looked for a favorite of ours Go To Patterns, and chose the Shift dress. (affiliate link-we’re supporting a pattern habit over here 😉 ) I felt these soft rayons would work perfectly. And since I was making it for Ms M, I know that machine wash is the word of the day!
This dress had a large border print. Because I was remaking it for a child, I decided to lay the hem of the pattern against the hem of the dress. Also saving a step, since I would not need to re-hem. The flowers occupy most of the dress, but I don’t think it is overpowering. There is enough empty space at the top to draw the eye down. I made my own bias from the leftovers and that worked quite well at the neck and the keyhole. Because this is a lightweight rayon, I did use pre-packaged bias tape at the armhole. I think it gives more stability to that area. I even used part of the belt of the dress as the button loop!
Overall I think this went quite well. I was not sure what to expect and sometimes when I see things in my mind’s eye, it does not look quite as good to my real eyes. This dress pattern is easy to follow and sews up for a quick summer outfit. The neck features a cute gather to the front and a keyhole closure in back. They’re still having cool mornings (days) up in Minnesota, no worries this works under a sweater.
The next dress I have is a black with a white dot. We will see what I decide to do with that. Do you refashion clothing that you are tired of wearing?