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Not Quite As Planned

Hey Loves!

It seems like lately everything I make for myself is so last minute just like this dress I made to wear to a fashion show a few weeks ago.

Here's the back story. 

My hubby surprised me with tickets to a fashion show hosted by some local boutiques.  He got enough for me and my friends because he knew I wasn't going alone.

Then, came the big question: What will I wear?!

Well, with limited time to make something, I had to go to my stash.   I kept coming back to fabric I had packaged with a jumpsuit pattern.   I wanted the fabric but didn't have time to read the pattern before making it.   Yes,  I read through patterns before I begin to sew.

So, what did I do? I went to Google to search for inspiration. I found a dress with a simple bodice and gathered skirt with high side split.   I thought I can whip that up quickly.  I made it in about 2 hours using the fabric I originally planned for a jumpsuit.

Here's how it came together:
This is a McCall's 7047 pattern hack. I used the bodice of views B & D without the cowl. I wanted the low back but not the extra fabric. The fabric is ITY from Walmart. I've had it a while. The bodice lining is a black remnant.

Bodice: 
I sewed the bodice and lining together using the directions for view C and added sleeves from view A.

Skirt: 
To get the wrap effect, I simply wrapped the fabric around my hips to get the right fit. I sewed a 1/2" double fold hem to the sides and bottom. Then, pinned the middle fold to the middle back of the bodice. I continued to pin to both sides. In the front, I created pleats in both ends of the fabric to make it fit my waist. There was about an 8" overlap in the wrap. I attached it using a 5/8" inseam and trimmed it close to the seam.

I ended up with a dress with a simple bodice,  dramatic back, and wrap skirt with high middle split...simple dress with a perfect fit.  That's always my goal.

If the plan doesn't work, change the plan. Never change the goal.

Until next time, Smooches!

DJ




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