After staring at the LBD on Mona (The Mannequin) for a week, with my swollen face and lack of energy and motivation, I finally unpicked the first attempt of the refashion and got round to trying attempt number 2!! Fingers crossed this will work!
First I removed the seam allowance from one side of the original-but-too-small pattern and placed this new cut edge on the fold of my fabric to double the original width of the insert. The pattern was pinned in place and I cut it out. I then stitched the panel in place with a french seam on one side. Carefully trimming and pressing between each stage, where necessary, to ensure only the neatest of finishes. Then I stitched the other side in the same way.
After pressing the seams neatly in place, I carefully trimmed the hem of my panel to match the rest of the dress. I haven’t got around to hemming this yet – ideally it needs a roll-hem foot, which I am not sure I have in the set of presser feet I have for my machine, but I found out yesterday we have one for the machine at work, so I may bring this into work to complete.
Now I (almost) have a beautiful dress, which actually fits me, ready for a sophisticated evening out. It was quick and was just enough of a challenge (French seams and organza as a starter refashioning project? I’m pretty sure there are easier ones in my wardrobe that I could have started with!) to get me motivated for the next refashion. Next on my to-do list is a piece for me for The Monthly Stitch, which I have recently joined, and a less selfish project of a summer dress for my eldest niece. What projects do you have planned coming up?