Hey, so i went thrifting at the fleece market and found a couple of clothes i wanted to do remakes of. Some i liked because of the fabric texture, and others the print. This red checkered dress is one of them, the rest will be coming soon!
I really like the checkered aspect of the dress, it gives off a vintage vibe according to me. Lately I’ve been going through a vintage craze, so i thought i might as well get inspired and make something. Using old clothing is a bonus as well, as it is very affordable, and you can find some really unique fabrics, trimmings and much more, at low prices. This dress for example had a real good quality zipper, better than most I’ve previously bought . I will no doubt be using it in future projects. Lets get to the tutorial now.
Here’s how i did it:
- Remove the lower flared part of the dress.
- Remove the back zipper, i will however use it again for my top. For you to cut the back well, it’s got to go.
- Using your pattern, cut the bodice, with centers back and front as guides.
- Join up your pieces, then measure the neck. This will help in getting the measurement for the ruffled part.
- Decide your height, i wanted mine to cover my shoulders a bit, and the neck measurement will determine the width (plus seam allowance).
- Gather the piece, then join it to the neck.
- Add your zip, then do your finishes, such as hemming, folding back the armhole or using bias binding. If you have an over-lock machine, easier work for you.
NB: You don’t have to wait till your garment is done to do your finishes, you can do them as you go. It is more professional, but i am a bit more lenient when it comes to my personal projects.
Hope you enjoyed this post.