I finished this cotton knit dress a few weeks ago, but only got around to photographing it now. It was supposed to be a maxi dress but I didn’t buy enough fabric. The Afro/ tribal print cotton knit was bought at Mood fabrics in LA last summer. It’s so silky with a lovely drape.
Once I cut the skirt, it was about 4 inches too short to be a maxi dress. Then I cut it into a mid style calf length skirt which looked sort of frumpy on me. So it became knee length. I draped it to my padded dress form, then sewed the leather collar to it once I liked how the bodice looked. I didn’t make a pattern for it, and now I sort of wish I did, because I like it. I’ll have to drape it all over again to make one.
Photos by my dad Fred.
For the collar I had a really beat up suede vest from the thrift shop. I cut it and pinked the edges. Then I sewed some wooden beads to it.
The back has a little peek a boo opening. It has a zipper because there is no stretch in the waist and the collar opens with a hook and eye. I attached a invisible zipper and boy, was that a headache! It stuck out really weird at the bottom of the zipper. I removed it twice, and kept having the same problem. it turns out that when you insert a zipper in a lightweight knit, you should reinforce the seams with interfacing to keep them from buckling. Lesson learned the hard way. I wanted the dress to have a firm waistband, so I used some tricot interfacing to stabilize it. As you can see, the inside of the dress is very raw looking. I couldn’t figure out how to sew the leather on in a way that would look attractive from the inside. Maybe I could have covered up the raw seam with bias tape or I could have serged the raw edges. I would make a facing for the waistband if I made it again.These photos were taken in a tunnel on the road near my house. There is a mountain on one side and a river on the other. The tunnel is actually a drain opening for the water that flows down the mountain to go under the road. It was sort of creepy but it looks cool. my dad was a really good sport to climb down here and take these photos!