It was a summer dress with built in padded bra, and criss-crossed back straps and a pleated skirt.
The fabric: a lightweight stripped cotton with big embroidered yellow flowers along the hemline.
For some reason it didn't fit when I was digging out my summer clothing from storage. It might have something to do with cookies but that is a completely different blog.
Now has a new life as a skirt since I couldn't part with the fabric.
Since the skirt of the original dress had pleats it was an easy transformation.
- Cut along the waist seamline and closed the side zipper opening.
- Serge the waistline edge and gather.
Now it is ready for a waistband. The fabric is a cotton and I could easily have used a neutral cotton fabric to match the black pinstripes on the white but the plan was to use some decorative elastic instead.
There are some fabulous elastics out there now. I found this two inch wide ruffled edge elastic that worked well.
- Overlap the elastic over the gathered fabric and stitch with a stretch stitch. If you machine doesn't have on a small zig-zag stitch will work will too.