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One of the things I love about sewing is being able to take something I don’t use any more – like this curtain from IKEA:
and using a little magic to turn it into something amazing like a dress for my niece!
Cassidy is almost thirteen and turning into such a beautiful young lady – and not just on the outside! I love sewing for her because she loves it when I sew for her. Plus she’s a great baby sitter, which actually gives me time to sew ;)
I used the Polina dress from Ottobre 1/13 as the base for the bodice. I love princess seams – they’re hard to see because of the color of the fabric, but they’re there!
I moved the snaps to the back, left off the sleeves, and faced the neck and arms with bias tape. Since the curtain was a heavier weight and we’re headed into our 100+ degree summer, I didn’t line the bodice. I didn’t use a pattern for the skirt – just cut the curtain top to the length I wanted and pleated it til it fit the bodice.
It was completely un-intentional, but I think she looks so much like Alice in Wonderland in these pictures – I love it! And the setting and the lighting really added to the effect – it’s always great when things work out like that.
One of the reasons I love sewing for Cass is that she’s involved with the process. When we first started planning the dress, I mentioned using the grommets from the curtain on the bottom of the skirt as a place for a sash, sort of like this skirt. She loved the idea!
I used a pin from my grandma (hey! More refashioning!) to hold the sash closed since it wasn’t quite long enough to tie and still let her walk. You can see the very end of her petticoat in some of these pictures – all I did was gather some gold glittered tulle (left over from my Wonder Woman dress) and some pink tulle to a piece of elastic.
The pink sashes are left overs from a pair of shorts I made myself, which means the only thing I got specifically for this project was the piece of pink tulle to give a little body to the petticoat! I enjoy re-fashioning when it comes to tee shirts, but for something like a dress, I usually get new fabric, so I really enjoyed this challenge! Thanks for having me, Magda!