Do you remember the Vogue wrap dress I made last year? No? Hahaha, I don’t blame you. That dress never really worked for me. The waist sat too high, meaning I was forever tugging it down. And the bodice had these odd little tucks …NOT flattering.
So rather than keeping a dress that I was never going to wear, I decided to cut it up and make it into something else.
I cut the skirt off. Yup…hacked it right off with scissors. Then I cut the bodice apart along the seams. No seam picking for me, nope! Scissors all the way.
I got out my Moneta pattern, and took stock. The two cross-over pieces became sleeves. The ties became a collar. I had enough fabric for the bodice front, but not enough for the back, as you can see in this picture:
That’s where my quilting brain started working. The back of the bodice is done in patchwork!
This is what was left over:Voila!All that’s left is the hem and I’ll have a dress I’ll actually wear.
So you thought I was just sitting around smelling the fresh air for the last two months in the Yukon, eh?
Actually, my friend Dee and I had a sewing date and we made matching Moneta dresses: a Moneta Pas de Deux!
Dee came out to the cabin for a weekend and we sewed. It was a lot of fun. I’d brought my sewing machine up the highway with me, and we plugged it into the solar battery system.
Dee brought this fabulous salmon & teal roses fabric to sew her dress. My eyes turned instant jealousy green as soon as I saw it. And then, O happy day! there was enough left over for me to piece a dress, too!
I think I was a little rude about it, actually…I just sort of said, “I’ll take that!” when we saw how much was left over…
I had to piece the back skirt piece, which is just fine. Nobody would ever know that it isn’t supposed to have a back seam.
I graded the bodice pattern for both Moneta dresses that I’ve sewn from the L at the shoulders up to the XL at the waist, but the dress is still too big across the top of the shoulder. So I’m going to grade the bodice pattern on the next one…the M for the shoulders, grading up to the XL at the waist.
the neck isn’t really as bad as it looks in this picture. I’m standing wonky or something. The neck doesn’t actually slip down quite that far when I’m wearing it around. On the plus side…Pockets!
Cheers to Dee for doing such a great job on her first time ever sewing stretchy, slippery, slithery ITY fabric!
And since Dee and I live 1700 miles apart, we don’t have to worry about being caught in the same outfit, lol!