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Day 7: 31 Day Challenge – Tailoring Quickie

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Sometimes I buy an article of clothing because I love the idea of the garment, but I don’t really love it on my figure.  This dress is one of them. I always look like I’m wearing a bag when I wear this dress.  The cut of this dress is stick straight, but my figure is not.  This dress was one of the items I selected from my closet for repurposing, but unlike many of the items which have or will be made into totally different pieces of clothing, this one I did some slight alterations to to make it fit me properly.  I added a series of darts to the back of the dress so that it would fit me better and have an interesting design element. At the left is what the back of the dress looks like now.  I added 12 small darts to the back of the dress to give it more of a silhouette shape. Sure, I could have just taken it in at the sides to create the silhouette appearance, but this is a much more interesting design element.  I created this look by pinning the back of the dress.  I put one pin in the top of the dart and one in the bottom to mark my sewing territory, then I added one to the middle of each dart that was set about 1/4″. At the right is a close up of the darts on the back of the dress.

Day 7: Tailoring Quickie

Here’s me in my new fitted dress.  Yay! I’m glad this dress finally has a shape that fits my shape! Let me know what you think about this project.  I’m curious to know other people’s opinions.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!