Check out those side slits! This crinkly leopard-print dress with attached non-matching half-vest was NOT the business. It reminded me of something a 1990's teacher would wear. I can't even remember where I found this, but I heard it screaming out for a transformation.
|Before: Leopard-print Teacher Dress|
|Before: From behind|
My Facebook often has advertisement banners for clothing stores. I was super inspired by a dress I saw on an advertisement, and it served as my inspiration for this dress remake (check out the original here).
|My inspiration dress at Sammydress.com|
So to make a look-alike, I began by giving it a good iron to smooth out the skirt, as the fabric hug was not flattering my lower half.
Next, I sewed closed the side slits on the skirt. I followed that by removing the unflattering half tie-vest. I had to remove almost all the seams in the top portion of the dress to get it out.
|Removing seams, removing the vest!|
Once that was gone, I had to re-sew the seams at the sleeves and shoulders, and took in the dress under the arms until about halfway down the skirt.
|Taking it in at the sides|
Once I had the seams done, I began working on the slit pictured in the inspiration dress, though I didn't want it as high. I cut the slit a little less than a foot long.
|Cutting a new slit|
Then I took some of my black scrap fabric, sewed long strips, and pinned them down from the waist, along both sides of the slit, and around the bottom hem.
|Pinning a sewed strip from the waist|
|Prepping the slit|
Once I had sewn the black strips in place, I slightly opened the waist seam, tucked in the top portion of the black strip, and re-sewed the seam at the waist.
I intended to make the dress form-fitted, and add a side sipper to get in and out, but I accidentally broke my only black zipper, so I decided to leave the waist a little large, and added a small strip of elastic to the inside back of the dress right at the waist seam to make it more fitted.
|Pinning the elastic|
With that last step, the transformation was complete!
Here again was my original dress:
|Before: Leopard, vested teacher dress|
|Before: From behind|
Added some accessories, and here is how it looks after the transformation!:
|After: Sexy leopard slit dress|
|After: From behind|
Let's check out some side-by-side action!:
|Side-by-side from the front|
|Side-by-side: From behind|
I think I did the inspiration piece some justice. Whatd'ya think?
I next plan to post a creative and functional Christmas gift I made for my mother-in-law. Now that Christmas is over, I don't have to keep it secret anymore. Check back soon for the post!
I hope you continue to enjoy this time of year. As Winter gets colder, try to stay warm out there!
Until next time, blessings :)