I finished my dentistry degree in December last year and have now been working for 3 months. The ‘adult life’ of full time work means I haven’t had as much time for sewing, so it has been a bit quiet on this blog and my instagram. Also there’s the fact that I haven’t had much inspiration of what to sew… until now.
The day after my last dentistry rural placement was our Graduation Ball. I wanted to sew my own dress for the ball which meant I had to complete it weeks before (rather than days before like my last gown :P) as I wouldn’t have my sewing machine in rural SA.
I knew I wanted a two-piece outfit with a midi skirt. After looking on Pinterest for inspiration I came to the decision to sew a box pleat midi skirt and tulip open back cropped top.
I found the fabric for the skirt at my local Salvos op-shop. I think it was a table cloth or bed spread/throw? It was a heavyweight white fabric with a raised woven design of flowers and leaves. (I don’t have a ‘before’ picture of the skirt fabric as I was in a hurry to finish the outfit) The top was made from double face satin from Spotlight in an ivory/pale pink shade. Continue reading “Two-piece ball dress: up-cycled midi skirt & cropped top.”→
Hello readers! It has been a long time between posts. The last couple of months I have been busy with my final exam and assessments. Just under a month now until I will be a qualified dentist! I was finally able to use my sewing machine guilt free, just last week, and have started on a few projects. In the meantime, today I am posting up a past project.
You may recall seeing this skirt in my first project post, paired in an outfit with the upcycled wrap crop top! The fabric was bought from my local op-shop. It was my first time using velvet fabric and I learned a couple of lessons from this project.
Today I am sharing another upcycled sewing project! Again, apologies for the photo quality as this was another project that I made before this blog.
This size 16 dress was bought from Salvos for less than $6. I liked the printed pattern and with it being a larger sized item of clothing, I had more fabric to work with.
When op-shopping I like to look through everything, even things not in my size. I look at the fabric quality and print when browsing. I try on all items that vaguely catch my eye because sometimes a piece that seems okay-ish on a hanger will look different when worn, and vice versa. This often means I have a huge pile of clothes to try on. And when trying things on, I can better visualise how I can alter or upcycle it.
It was only when I tried on this oversized dress did I get the idea to make it into a two piece cropped t-shirt and skirt.