- the new dress -
Given my success, I could hardly resist the temptation to rip out another one. Two dresses, in the same style, in the same month, seemed a little ridiculous though. Second-time round, I went with a top.
I later caught a glimpse of it made into a maxi dress while watching the movie Hall Pass (yeah, yeah, I know..sometimes one needs a little mindless entertainment!)
Then again used in swimwear
and finally as a belted shift dress. (LOVE!)
Believe it or not, but this is only the tip of the Milly chevron iceberg. It's been used over and over again. (sigh) I'm sure you can appreciate my growing admiration. I do, after all, love me a bold print in bright colours.
Anyway, given that S2406 is essentially a fancy sack, it was easy to transform into a top. I simply shortened the dress to top-length. I also omitted the CB opening by cutting the back on the fold. Once again, I omitted the side pockets.
As you can see from the photos, I added a hemband with a side tie. This wasn't to reflect the original design of the dress (although admittedly it does this), but rather to put an end to the tuck/untuck debate circling around in my head. I didn't really want the tucked-in look, yet I was keen to avoid the maternity look as well. This seem like the ideal solution.
I left a small slit in the side seam above the tie so I could get the garment on and off. I cut the the hemband the width of the original tie. I tied this it around my hips to get the correct length. I interfaced the inner side.
Here is how I determined the placement of the hemband: I began by tying the hemband onto my hips and marked the point at which the knot started. I then lined up these marks to the front and back at the slit opening and pinned them in place. At this stage, the top was wider than the hemband. Rather than gather the top onto the hemband, I added four small pleats to both the front and back until it matched up nicely. Pinned it and sewed it in place. A perfect fit!
A few more detail shots:
- the sleeves -
- side view -
I was lucky enough to road test my new top today at the Port Douglas Carnivale. My family and I had a wonderful day with friends, hanging out on the marina sipping cold beer and eating fresh prawns. I felt quite festive wearing this fabulous print - perfect for a carnivale!