Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Convertible dress

Have you heard of the convertible dress before? It’s not actually a dress, but rather a (circle) skirt with two long rectangular panels attached to it. I’ve seen it in quite a few magazines and on sale in online shops, but at $150+, I wasn’t going to buy it, especially since I wasn’t convinced a dress with no top would actually be wearable.
So I made one. And it is wearable!
convertible dress one shoulder
I used a thin knit fabric from my stash and made a simple rectangle skirt with elastic waist and serged hem. Then I cut and added two long (9 ft by about 8 inches) straps to the front, slightly overlapped. Done.
Wrapping the dress is a bit tricky, but according to the videos I’ve found on YouTube (check out Monif C), there are dozens of variations. Here are a couple more I tried last night. I’ll be wearing this dress around home until I’m confident it won’t unwrap during normal activities, but so far, so good!
convertible dress sleevelessconvertible dress sleeves
You can’t see the lower half of the dress, but it’s almost floor length, so (according to YouTube!), I can put it over my bust and wrap the waist for a shorter look as well. Should be fun!

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11 comments:

  1. The dress(es) look great on you.

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  2. I only just heard of this type of dress last week. Well done at figuring out the geometry behind it. Looks great!

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  3. That looks so cool! Haven't even seen this before, but now I think I will have to check it out. Thanks.

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  4. wow, three great dresses in one. it's nice to take the time to make clothing for yourself every once in awhile. PS. i love your glasses too.

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  5. That is awesome ! I've always wanted one, but have been too afraid too! you make it look easy! looks great!

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  6. how cool is that. Do you have a pattern?

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  7. Get outta town! Fabulous! I've never seen a dress like this before. Almost makes me want to wear a dress again :)

    You look smashing!

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  8. Wow!! This is my kind of dress...would you do a tutorial??

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  9. You did a great job!! I love all of the different looks :-)

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  10. That's the Canadian in you knowing it's good! Thanks for the compliment!

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  11. Wow, good for you! I've always wanted to make one of these, but the thought of buying that much knit when I wasn't sure it would work was frightening. Next time I see a knit I love on sale, I might just do it!!

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