Sometimes you sew something and it doesn’t work out the way you thought it would. That’s what happened to me when I first tried on my Oreo Cookie wrap dress and realized the skirt pieces didn’t overlap properly! I had used Vogue 8379 for the top, but winged the bottom since I didn’t want the full skirt that came with the pattern. Mistake.
I thought I could save it by adding a snap-on-a-string contraption, but that really didn’t do anything to prevent the top skirt piece from staying in place (especially when I sat down). While I did wear the dress with tights to the office a few times, I just never felt truly comfortable in it.
And so it sat in my closet, largely unworn.
About a month or two ago I decided that keeping the dress as is was pointless, so I chopped off the bottom! And here’s the result: a Vogue 8379 wrap top I can pair with jeans or a skirt. Yay!
This was a super easy alteration. I just tried the dress on and marked the new hem. While I was at it, I shortened the sleeves a bit, too.
By the way, my grandmother (abuelita) took these photos on the day before her 85th birthday! She worked as a professional seamstress here in the Garment District after immigrating to the US in the 1960s. How cool is that?
I thought it would be neat to have her take photos of something I’ve made. Took her a bit to get used to the smartphone; both she and my grandfather (abuelito) kept their fingers on the button rather than tapping it, resulting in a whopping 485 photos in about 10 minutes. Intense! By the third photo in the collage above, I realized the unintentional picture-taking extravaganza was getting to Guinness Book of World Records level, but ’twas too late: these particular shots are part of a burst of 112 photos. Gave me a good chuckle [insert cry laughing emoji here].
I’m really happy with the adjustment and have worn my “new” top a few times already. I find myself short on tops so having another one around is never a bad thing.
And with that, I already have three other dresses I want to turn into skirts. Hopefully I’ll get to those sooner rather than later!
Have you ever altered a me-made item to create something new?