Sunday, September 28, 2014

Remaking an old friend...

It's the time of the year when I start to assess my fall/winter wardrobe.  I'm switching things around in the closet and looking at what I have to either keep, purge or fix.  This dress came up for review.


After making this dress in January 2012, I've worn it only once or twice. Mostly because the fit in the sleeves and armholes is a little wonky.  Not too wonky to wear every once in awhile but not very comfortable either.  So I decided to remove the sleeves and remove the stress.


...and now it's back in the daily rotation and looking even more like the Erdem designer original from his Resort 2012 collection.  An hour or two of work and a renewed dress.

Adding bias binding to the armhole

Topstitching the bias binding down


The sleeves after they were removed from the dress.  I wanted to show them because of the way that I lined and hemmed them.  This is using the Nancy Zieman method of lining a sleeve. I don't use it often but when I do I love the effect.

A few more views of the dress ~

Side view of the dress

I've included a back view even though I realized after 
taking these pics that I'd forgotten to iron the dayum thing!


Although I haven't pictured it with a cardigan, that's the way I'll be wearing it as soon as the temps drop because it was summer this weekend...my air conditioning kicked back on because it was so warm!


...as always more later!




15 comments:

  1. That's really nice! Great save -great "new" dress!

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  2. What a great idea! Looks like a very different dress without the sleeves. Gorgeous!

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  3. Sharp! If I recall, you work in an office, and offices have always been cardigan land. Go to work, chilly. Work, super chilly. Leave office - warm/toasty/hot. Spare cardigan/chanel-type jacket at work, on the back of your chair? Instant power clothing!

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  4. This looks fantastic sleeveless. Hope you get some really good wear out of it

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  5. Great save. I have always liked this dress. Hounds-tooth is such a classic look. Good that you will wear it now.

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  6. What a chic, classic dress. You look fab. xx

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  7. What a great save! Isn't it wonderful when a little bit of work results in a truly wearable "new" garment?

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  8. What a difference. Love the dress without the sleeves . . . and you look classy, as always.

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  9. i LOVE renewed dresses! i'm not so into refashioning RTW, but recreating our own makes is so satisfying. beautiful as always, carolyn...

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  10. OMG! This was a fabulous move, Carolyn! It looks great and I can see by your face how much happier you are with it! Love the front and back! It's ultra cute!

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  11. I've been a long term reader but never commented before. I just wanted to say how fabulous you always look and I'm seeing it most especially in this remake. Those sleeves were just holding you back, girl!

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  12. I like the refashioned dress. Looks nice on you. I like Nancy's technique also and use it on occasion.

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  13. I love the NZ sleeve too! It is fun to remake things and get a little more wear from them.

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  14. Awesome transformation! The dress looks so different without the sleeves. Personally, I prefer it without the sleeves but both versions a r e cute. I love sleeveless tops. I also wear lots of cardigans at work and sleeves just get in my way. Texas weather has a say-so too. ;)

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  15. Great save of a lovely dress. I too prefer it without sleeves.

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