Easter outfit!

So I’ve been having this wardrobe problem lately: I’m craving bright, springy colors, and my wardrobe isn’t cooperating. Or, I should say, the weather isn’t cooperating. We’re having a rather cold spring– and I’m not just saying that, I was looking at the weather.com page yesterday at work, and the high temperature was easily 20 degrees below the average for this month around here! Which, being a warm-weather loving girl who hates being cold and gets into such a state ridiculously easily, means I’m still stuck wearing my winter clothes. I haven’t even been able to manage 3/4 sleeves too often yet! Sigh.

Anyway, since Easter is on Sunday and I had nothing to wear that fits my two requirements (warm enough that I won’t get frostbite in my perpetually cold church building, but still something cheerful and springy), a refashion was definitely in order. (And perfect timing, too, since bathroom renovations in the house means that the pool table I usually cut out on is covered in stuff related to that, and I can’t cut patterns!) So I took this hand-me-down that my mom made/passed on to me when she decided it was too frumpy and dresses aren’t her thing anymore anyway….
(Yes, this was a two-layer dress!)

…and turned it into this, which I finished on Tuesday.
I borrowed the bodice (with a modified neckline) from Simplicity 7072, since I’d made it before and knew the fit. The skirt was actually the part that came first– I cut the bottom off of the original overdress and draped it into a somewhat pleated skirt on the dummy. The original underdress on this one shows up as the band around the waist:

(Yeah, I know, it doesn’t look like the fit on the waist is too great here.)

And this is that zipper I had that big fight with! Take that!
So what happened to the rest of that underdress, you may ask? Well, I turned it into a shrug…which isn’t actually finished because it was kind of a fail with this dress. I made a shorter one because I didn’t think I’d have enough fabric to make the shrug both longer and with longer sleeves. (I didn’t.) But the empire-waist shrug with the regular-waist dress just isn’t doing it for me. I may go back and finish this at some point….if I can figure out what else could possibly be worn with it!
So, since sleeveless dresses in cooler spring weather and an overly air-conditioned church still isn’t a good idea for me, I spent the last two days turning this….
(white knit top banished to the refashion pile because it was just too short and a bit too see-through for my comfort)
into this.
(As modeled by my lovely dress form with the dress.)
It would have been such a simple fix–all I did was cut it down the middle, trim off the neckline, turn it under and stitch. Ok, so it was still a simple fix. It just took me longer because I decided to hand-sew the facing down. It’s a very stretchy knit, and I figured the machine would probably just make it all stretched-out and ripply. Not to mention I pretty much had to stitch it right on the edge of the turned-under part, and thought hand-sewing would give me more control. So it’s not perfect– there’s definitely some crooked stitches here and there. But at least it’s not all stretched out. And the hand-sewing wasn’t bad, actually– it was kind of relaxing, surprisingly. I was originally going to add buttons and buttonholes too, but taking 2-3 inches out of the middle means it would just look like I was wearing a size smaller than I’m supposed to if I actually did button it. So I think I’m going to leave it.
So there you have it– my almost completely recycled Easter outfit. The only thing I had to actually buy for this one was the lining– the dress fabric would not have been good without it, a bit too see-through!

5 thoughts on “Easter outfit!

  1. Oh, my gosh, who’d ever think that dress came from the first one? You’re really amazing, kid. And you’re going to look beautiful on Easter, no matter what the weather is.


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