When I started organizing these pictures for today’s article, I felt crazy for taking so much time to make this organic cotton dress in January 2015. I then changed this dress a second time for the first image above. Then later this year cut the dress up completely to create a new design.
I really prided myself in the original construction of this dress, and loved the front. I designed the front modestly, then decided to give the back a super low plunge. It frustrated me afterwards that I couldn’t wear normal undergarments with such a low back, and I wish I had designed the back differently. So I took out my fabric shears to refashion this dress completely. This artsy tunic is what it evolved into.
1. My first step was removing the sleeves.
2. Next I cut the dress in half. On the bottom portion of fabric (front and back) I drew a triangular shape with tailor’s chalk.
3. These two triangles pieces became new side panels of the tunic to completely alter the shape for extreme volume.
4. Here I show how the new design will look after pinning everything together. My final step was to sew in the triangular panels. I left the edges of this design raw.
In the very top picture I styled this tunic over the summer with a thrifted black cotton midi dress, high tops which I’ve had forever predominately worn only to dance classes, an upcycled necklace, and a handmade cuff. This fall I styled this tunic with an organic black cotton camisole from PACT, American Apparel black cotton leggings, and thrifted black boots.
I’ve been thinking about designing a new organic cotton dress especially after upcycling this one, but I’m not sure exactly what I want to create yet. You can check out my other original designs or upcycled pieces I’ve created if you’d like. I just wanted to share another possibility with clothing that you may already have, but isn’t exactly working out for you.
Be creative and have fun with it!
(Images by Dawn Michelle, Nià @frogirlginny, and my hubby)