Added Sep 30, 2010
Cary, United States
This was my first complete alteration and in this case, starting from a simple silk bathrobe.
I detached both sleeves and rounded their edges. I sewed the sleeve holes. After opening up both ends of the actual original sleeves, I used the openings as casings for the tie of the robe to go through. I cut and sewed the neckline of the robe and attached the tie with the sleeves hanging off to the neckline of the dress, leaving two long strips to tie into a bow. I then sewed the front of the robe completely, making it a dress you slip on over your head.
It took me about eight hours, especially because of my skill level and I improvised it the whole way through! It may not sound like I had to do much, but it was a real project.
The fabric itself was very difficult to work with.
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