Friday, May 6, 2011

Make Do and Mend Challenge: The "Blue Moon" Dress


This dress started life as a voluminous 80s dress with huge sleeves and a pleated skirt. I wish I could show you the 'before' picture, but annoyingly I seem to have lost it. I bought it months and months ago - probably over a year now in fact - because the Art Deco colour and print appealed to me and I thought I could Do Something With It. So it's been languishing in my stock room ever since, but this week I decided to set myself a challenge, and make a concerted effort to deal with all the pieces in my ever-growing "make do and mend" pile.

To start with I unpicked the entire thing, and ironed out the pleats in the skirt and the gathers in the bodice. I was left with two rectangles from the skirt, the sleeves, and two bodice pieces about two foot wide (even though it was only designed for a 36" bust - this was a proper "Dynasty" 80s dress).

I used the same pattern as my Spring Blossom dress, arranging the pattern pieces to fit on the available fabric. In the making up, I made a few minor changes to the original pattern: I gathered the sleeves instead of darting them; I just stitched the bodice pieces together normally rather than topstitching as the pattern instructed; I also omitted the sleeve cuffs as I didn't have enough fabric.

As much as I love this dress, it's actually intended for selling. I'm opening it up to blog readers first, before listing on ebay/etsy. The pattern is sized 34-28-36, but there's room for a little extra in the bust because of the tucks and gathers in the bodice. Price £60 or best offer (don't be afraid to put in an offer!), contact me by email or by leaving a comment below.

I'm also extending the Make Do and Mend challenge to the world at large - have you got a mending pile to tackle? Or like me have you more ambitious re-making projects planned? Let's make May "Make Do and Mend" month, and work on them together. Do let me know if you decide to take part!

5 comments:

  1. Oh so sad it's not my size! That fabric is beautiful. Very much admiring your make do and mend skills.

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  2. This is really beautiful! Good work!

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  3. Wow its beautiful, just wish I was skinny enough to fit it!!!
    I would love to join in your Make Do and Mend Challenge, I have a huge pile of dresses that need revamping , I have made a start and this should give me the motivation to keep going!!

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  4. Bravo!!! What a gorgeous revamp--I just love that you took the original dress apart and made it something so adorable. :) I have to admit that lately I've been hitting the thrift shops with an eye for pieces I can completely pick apart and reuse the fabric--in some ways it can be so much easier than refashioning.

    - Casey

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  5. 28" waist? I haven't been that tiny since my teens!!! Ack!!! I do so admire all your projects. I can't believe you are a beginner sewer! I've been sewing for a very long time, and have never picked apart a dress before and resewn it!!! I just love your blog. It's becoming one of my all time favourites. I wish I knew how to get my waist back...any hints?

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