Do you remember that dress? The one I made when reviewing Built By Wendy Dresses? The one where I screwed up the top portion so badly that I didn’t even model it for you? The one that has been languishing in a pile on a chair since February? Yes, that one.
Well, I remembered it too, last night as I was drifting off to sleep, taking my ritual mental inventory of the items that need my attention this week. The dress isn’t technically something that needs my attention this week, but you know how thoughts at midnight meander from one place to the next, until you are somewhere incomprehensibly different than where you began… (that’s not just me, is it?)
In this case, the stray thought of what to wear to a Saturday night gathering had me wondering if I had any sufficiently flattering dresses in my closet, which in turn made me think of the lump of fabric downstairs that could have been a flattering dress by now, if only I knew how to take that horrible gaping neck area and turn it into something I could wear in public.
And then it hit me. Elastic!
The large homemade bias binding I’d put on could easily be used as a casing, and all I’d need to do is rip out the handful of stitches on each end, thread the elastic in, and close up both ends again. Roughly 10 minutes and 30 stitches of work. If that.
So I tried the idea today, as I found myself with some unexpected free time, and it worked!
I’m not entirely sure that I’m done fiddling with it just yet. There’s a bit of a “frumpy” vibe that I can’t put my finger on. I may have luck taking it in a smidge on the sides and shortening the skirt by an inch or two… You think? Do you see the frump factor? I’m not sure if it’s the dress, my body, or my tendency to be my own worst critic!
At any rate, I’m glad that it was fix-able. It’s so nice to promote a pile of sewing clutter to something wearable, I think! (Still don’t know what to wear on Saturday night, though…)