Today’s project came from Oxfam in Whitby – this cost £3.99, which if you ask me, is a total bargain as there’s a very large amount of material. I was instantly attracted to the Japanese-inspired print and colours. It’s 100% viscose, quite heavy and drapes nicely.
At UK size 30 this is quite possibly the biggest garment I have ever worked with!
It’s a basic rectangular tube of material with a thin waistband, gathered onto elastic in the waistband at the back.
The waistband was looking very tired, so that was the first thing to go. After a decent ironing it was looking much more promising.
The idea was to make a basic “sack” dress leaving the print intact and taking advantage of the nice drape to make a dress that will be great for autumn. It will be perfect with black tights in the winter and with a black jacket could even be work-suitable.
My plan was to simply stitch the shoulder seams closed at the former waist of the skirt and cut some arm holes, leaving the skirt hem intact as the new dress hem (see diagram below). In fact, the original garment was SO HUGE that I had to cut a bit off each side and make new side seams. The original width was about 90cm (ie the hem circumference was about 180cm) and I trimmed it off to about 75cm. This also helped tidy it up a bit – the original side seams were not 100% symmetrical and the back was actually wider than the front. The dress length was determined solely by the original skirt length.
I whipped this up really quickly on the overlocker. I overlocked the shoulder and side seams securely. I also used it to finish the arm and neck holes, then folded over once and topstitched with a straight stitch for neatness.
Here’s a quick snap of the finished dress… it really does look like a sack here! Don’t worry though, it’ll look better with a belt.
I styled this with all black accessories, including a black belt, black tights, black shoes, black hair flower and black jacket.
The perfect outfit for eating sushi at one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in London, Sushi Hiroba. Kampai!