Well, I have the first 2 sorted in this outfit, and despite appearances (or lack thereof), I have been very productive behind the scenes too! Just not on the blog posting front.
I’ve been going through my entire mending pile and taking in a load of clothes. Plus I’ve been making some bridesmaid dresses for a friend, so that’s taken up a lot of time. Not sure why I feel the need to explain my absence, but there it is in case you were wondering.
Anyway. During one of my dress alterations, I stumbled across this dress.
I had a bit of a dilemma as to what to do with it. On the one hand, it was quite a striking shape and always got lots of compliments, on the other hand, I never wore it because the back was too low and I hated the bow.
After a little contemplation, I decided to order some more of the fabric and remake a new bodice.
I cut away the original skirt, which was super full! I didn’t want to lose any of the fabric in it, so I pleated it to be the correct waist size.
The new bodice was created using a bodice block I made. I think this one is much more wearable, but hopefully still quite striking!
I love the fabric and I’ve just ordered a poofy petticoat to go underneath. Amazing!
As you can see, I braved the cold again to take these photos.
In fact, I stood there in the rain, looking like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Blair Waldorf, and enduring some puzzled looks, and I didn’t care at all, because I love this dress so much. It’s so pretty!