Friday, January 16, 2009

Reconstruction/recycling/refashioning contest - part 1

In keeping with my 2009 sewing goals, I have decided to enter Pattern Review's reconstruction/recycling/refashioning contest. Check out this dress I made last winter. I love the fabric, and since the floral pattern is so big, I tried to pick something that didn't have a lot of seams. What was I thinking with these sleeves?!!! They are horrible!

After I made this, I decided to loose some weight. It was only 10 pounds, but now you can see the dress is really big. I've had this hanging in my closet for a year awaiting some kind of overhaul. I could take it in and redo the sleeves, but one of the things that really bugs me is the center back skirt seam. Do you notice how the flower pattern on the right side repeats itself right next to that on the left side? Obviously I wasn't paying much attention when I cut this out. Most people would never notice this, I'm sure, but it really bugs me!

So I've decided to totally recycle this fabric and make a completely different garment. I want something not too busy that will look good with such a big print. I would love to do a simple little bias skirt, but don't have the fabric for it. Hmmm... What do you people think about this blouse? It's blouse 126 from BWOF 9/2008. Instead of darts the design has elastic encased at the front and back waist.

I really ought to make the long sleeve version, since I'm lacking long sleeve blouses in my wardrobe. On the other hand, I love the shorter sleeves because of the cute cuffs. I have enough fabric to do either... Not sure which one I should make. Any thoughts?


  1. Hi Amanda!

    I made two versions on this BWOF blouse - one as a shirt dress, both with long sleeves - you can check them out on my blog.
    I did the orange black blouse with the same pattern too, but without the sleeves.
    I will say that you can maybe do them both, but it really looks good long sleeved too...

  2. If it was me and I was as young as you I would turn the dress into a tunic. Just cut the bottom off (getting rid of the bit you don't like) and taking in the sleeves and losing the ribbon.
    But that is not what you asked, so.....I like the short sleeve better and I think it would look good in the print. The fabric says summer more to me and that is why I would choose the shorter sleeves. Good luck!

  3. Hmmm... you need long sleeved shirts, but I agree with Vicki, the fabric says summer to me, too. Go for the short sleeve version, and Bravo to you for trying something new (and scary). With your skills, you have nothing to worry about!

  4. The short sleeve shirt would look great in the fabric. I am trying figure out if you would have enough fabric with the seams in the dress. Can't wait to see the results.

    --I, also, like the tunic idea for summer or make it a sleeveless tunic with a short jacket or shrug. Just throwing it out there!