Friday, July 3, 2009

From Skirt to Dress

Rachel and I have been working together on a summer dress for her. The dress was originally a Ralph Lauren skirt that I couldn't pass up at a Goodwill 50% off sale. I knew the skirt wouldn't look good on me, but I figured it could be turned into something.

We used a store-bought pattern but adjusted it here and there to fit the shape we had to work with.

Rachel is pleased with the results, so that's what matters! :) (You can click on the picture to enlarge it -- we utilized the button band that ran down the center of the skirt, adding a few additional button holes to the bodice. We also kept the bottom of the skirt in tact, cutting it to the height of the original pattern and just gathering it up a lot.)

On the sewing front, a friend sent me the link to the sewing blog of Paula Prass. Paula is from our area and her blog is beautiful! She also has some terrific links to other sewing sites.

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!


Megan said...

Oh my word! You are amazing. You would never know you'd recycled a skirt to make a dress. Impressive! And, adorable, I might add. Rachel looks very pleased. :)

Christina said...

Rachel looks beautiful! The dress is adorable. You are so resourceful and amazing!

Ruth MacC said...

Happy 4th to you. Dress is lovely and I also think your garden is really coming along. Thanks for the recent visit to see me:0)

I am posting a dvd over to you. It's by a cook called Delia Smyth and I hope you may find some use for it. If not you can pass it along if you like? It is a free one that somebody gave me but you know me, not THAT fond of cooking:0) However, I have the chocolate, fruit, ice cream and raice krispies and am planning to put together that delicious cake you just posted about, hopefully tomorrow, to celebrate Sean completing his week of sailing... any excuse!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Such a clever girl, and such a beautiful model of your handiwork!

Lovella ♥ said...

oh so summer pretty. . .and the dress is just lovely as well.

Happy 4th of July to you and yours for tomorrow.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

That is SO beautiful. :)

You are so talented.

Monica said...

Adorable!! Get work. Your flowers look wonderful,too.

willow said...

Lovely dress. When i was little I would have adored that dress, I always wanted full swirly skirts!