I just couldn’t leave this brown and white polka dot dress in the shop when I saw it (bought at the same time as the grey lace one in Whitby Scope, £4.95).
Of course (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this), I can’t see brown and white polka dots without thinking of this:
So the task for this dress became turning something very ordinary into something chic, with a hint of polo spectator.
I decided on a simple halter design (as I had plenty of material for ties) and started cutting.
Folding the piece in half, I measured myself waist to collarbone and cut straight up from the side seams until I hit that level (plus a wide seam allowance). Then turned 90 degrees along the new neckline. Luckily this was below the button opening at the centre back as the dress originally had a dropped waist.
From the remaining material, I cut some long strips to make into a tie.
It was simply a long thin tube turned inside out.
I cut the ends at 45 degrees because I thought it suggested ribbon.
To finish the ends of the tie, I just folded the raw ends in, pressed and topstitched.
To make armholes, I cut wedges out of the front and back.
After finishing the armhole edges (simply by turning under twice and topstitching) I folded the neck edges down in a wide hem to make a space for the tie.
I had to add extra holes to the belt as it was too big. This was my first time using eyelets! It’s actually easier than I thought. You just mark where you want the hole, punch a hole there, insert the two pieces of the eyelet, place the assembly on the small round piece of metal, then bang the other punch down with a hammer. Et voila!
I cut the ends of the belt off into a point before sewing the material back on. In practice the end is slightly short, because I wanted to cut off all the existing eyelets, or it would have been a bit awkward. It works, though!
For our last full day in Majorca we drove up to Cap de Formentor on the other side of the island. The drive up there over the mountains and the views from the top are equally spectacular.
The dress somehow ended up at the perfect skirt length, though the top part is perhaps a little blousy. I tried tying the tie tighter, but the armholes were not long enough to let the neckline go much higher.
My only slight quibble is that the back is a little bunched up when worn, as I obviously adjust the waist size with the belt, and this makes the pleats fall a bit strangely at the back. But it’s not a deal breaker.
We also walked around Alcudia – the old town – which is stunning! All the streets were decked out in white streamers which provided some shade as we were walking around. And the houses all have dark green shutters.
Again you can see the bunched up back here…
Most houses along the narrow streets had beautiful plants outside, adding to the atmosphere.
This was one of the highlights of our trip and I definitely felt chic in my polka dots compared to the rest of the tourist crowd in brightly coloured sportswear! So this dress is definitely a keeper ;-)