I accidentally published this post a couple of days ago and then had to delete it because it was incomplete, so this is my second attempt. Apologies!
This was a skirt given to me by my friend Thelma. This is what it looked like when it was donated last year (being modelled in a paddock at Margaret River for those of you who are interested). I took it camping back in January so that I could unpick it and think about what I might make from it.
Interesting pleat at the knees, no? I could put my lunch in there! The fabric however is gorgeous and I love the subtle blue print, so I decided it wanted to be a pinafore dress. The problem was that I didn’t have a suitable pattern, so did a bit of self-drafting. I cut the skirt off at the required length, leaving the hem and side split in situ. Then I cut out a bodice and joined the two together. The skirt was quite a bit too big, and I didn’t cut it down too much as I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to get the dress on if it was too fitted. However, I think I might just take it in a bit, having looked at the photographs.
I used a bit of the middle section which was surplus to requirements as binding for the neck and armholes.
You may be able to see the pocket – that was actually the piece cut from the neckline at the front and I couldn’t bear to waste it so hemmed it and sewed it on to the side.
The top is made from fabric also donated by Thelma and I made the dress with this top in mind.
Not sure why my tights look so weird – they are quite shiny and I think I have a strange reflection. I also don’t like the boots, on reflection, so will need to explore some different shoes to wear with the dress.
Pattern for dress is self-drafted, fabric is from a recycled skirt donated by my friend, Thelma. Top is Vogue 8793 from fabric also gifted to me by Thelma. Belt was a gift from my friend Sophie. Boots are PK from Soletta Shoes, Mt Hawthorn.