After feeling blah with 3 dresses on hangers inthe sewing room, I decided to go down a different path and I found confidence. I have a favourite black dress I bought from Rebound Clothing a few years ago and I have always wanted to make my own version of it. It is a simple A-line skirt with a bat-wing top and it is one of my few items of plain black clothing.
I asked around about how to take a copy of it without destroying it and I was pointed in a couple of directions. The first was the blog a fashionable stitch and a book from the library called Patternmaking for a perfect fit by Steffani Lincecum. The book was not available but as I want to increase my skills I ordered it from Book Depository. Another resource was the tutorial online by Juliet of Crazy Gypsy Chronicles which was immensely helpful.
So I decided to give it a go and I ended up with 4 basic pattern pieces – a front top, back top, skirt and cuff. I got 2 metres of this voile with feather print for $23 and I managed to layout my pieces to fit it all on. I also cut out some strips to do binding around the neckline.
By the end of the evening I had this…
I put a light interfacing in the cuffs and finished all the seams with the overlocker. I plan to wear it with a belt (as I do with the original) to give it a bit more shape. So here is the badly light, taken indoors, with ick hair photo as I ran upstairs to show hubby what I had made. Then I saw the photo and nipped back down to halve the width of the neck binding.
But overall I like it and already have the fabric lined up for another. I think this time with an obi belt to go with it.