Added Jan 3, 2011
Here’s a second refashion inspired by Grosgrain’s month of embelishing knits!
I’m not sure about the colour camel myself (isn’t it just another name for ‘beige’?!) so I don’t have it in my wardrobe. The colour doesn’t suit me at all, making me look tired and pasty when worn near my face and as for trousers, a VERY unforgiving colour…
But when I saw this camel mini dress in my favourite charity shop, I fancied making it into something wearable. I liked the sleeves and the pockets and the material was very nice, too. Out came the scissors! I chose to make it into a cardie which is worn open so I can wear it with a colour which suits my skin tone better and avoid the ‘have you got the flu’-type questions.
I cut open the dress after cutting off the bottom. Then I made a hem zigzagging with a narrow stitch and pulling the material to create a ruffle. I used a contrasting thread to match the ribbon used to conceal the stitching and emphasise the waist. The ribbon is from my stash of vintage notions. The fabric rolls in on itself and I secured it with a few hand stitches on the neckline. The slip dress could have done with a press for the picture… Hey ho. Life’s too short for ironing! Added a before picture as well (thought I’d lost it)…!
One camel dress, vintage ribbon, thread in a contrasting colour.
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