Added Jul 23, 2010
I have a D.I.Y. rule around here, which is this: time is valuable, so I don’t make things that I can buy for $100 or less.
This dress was $165 at J. Crew, thoughwayyy too much! So I set about learning to draft pleats (math! ugh), turn a lined bodice, sew in-seam pockets, and make mock piping. I have enough minidresses in my closet, so I opted to make this a little more modest by lengthening the hem and raising the neckline. Since the bottom part was a rectangle, I used the selvedge as hem, which made the dress light and floaty. Despite some problems with the bodice stretching on the bias (the waist is lower than I intended), I’m happy with how it turned out!
I included a pic of the original dress.
Photos by Derek Bisbing