Whilst I’ve been waiting for new fabric to arrive to create the Kate dress from this month’s Love Sewing, I tackled another reinvention.
I bought this dress from H&M in 2011 and wore it only a handful of times as it was rather short and not very flattering. It’s been packed away in an air-tight bag for a long time because it wasn’t used enough to warrant simply tossing it away.
I like both parts of this dress but I started with the skirt as I’m still not 100% decided what to do to the top.
I bought some lovely bias binding from the Fabric Guild, which I knew would make lovely trim. I used it to accentuate the hem and the two side pockets. I love having pockets on clothes, particularly slouchy ones you can fit you whole hand in!
The waistband was elasticated but as I knew I wanted the skirt to be longer I ripped that out so the top of the skirt now sits on my hips. I didn’t have to insert any fastenings because although the fabric doesn’t have any stretch in it, my hips are my widest part so I can put this on over my head. All I did was sew two diagonal seams on the waistband at the old seam line so the waistband became narrower but still fitted the original seams.
And that was it! I now have a wearable, slouchy skirt for summer. 🙂