So I have two things to show you from my studio last week.
As she grows taller, I find myself having to piece together shirts in order to get enough length. I used to piece just two shirts, but now I’m starting to add in a wide sashing at the waist to extend the dress a few more inches.
The color combo on this dress is soooo weird. And yet I think it works. The bottom of the dress is a beige and golden yellow striped polo. The sashing at the waist is some scrap gray knit with itty yellow flowers, and the top is from a minty green t-shirt. The bow around the neck is from a bright yellow polka-dotted polyester blouse I snagged from a rummage sale.
And the second project - a simple peasant blouse to wear with my new awesome blue trousers. It took some doing to make it look right.
A little experimenting in the mirror showed that it looked a lot better with a belt, but the shirt was too short and flared out all crazy at the hip when I cinched it in at the waist. Sooo….
First, I took in a little on the sides to get rid of some of that poofiness under the bust. My side seams now have a bit of an hourglass shape, though the shirt is so full that you really don’t see it when I’m wearing it.
Second, I added an elastic casing to the hem. The casing cinches in the fullness at the hip. This is a good thing because my pear-shaped figure doesn’t need ANY extra fullness at the hip!
I’ll be writing up a tutorial showing how I do my casings. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but there are some tips and tricks that I use to make it easier. Look for that tutorial either today or tomorrow.
By Anne Weaver