The “Nursing to Nautical” Jersey Dress | Adey Lim
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I've only attempted refashioning once when I used an old skirt and scraps to sew a summer top from a Japanese sewing pattern and that was all because I wasn't gutsy enough to use new fabric for a pattern I wasn't sure if I could handle. The blouse didn't turn out very well and since then I have been suffering from refashion-phobia. Have you tried refashioning? And do you prefer refashioning or starting on a completely new piece of garment?
For this week's refashion theme, I searched my wardrobe for RTW I no longer wear and ended up with two pieces of nursing garments. A Marks and Spencer navy blue jersey dress with gold embroidery trim which I had only wore twice, more than four years ago as a nursing dress for my son. I no longer wear it due to the low cut neckline and unflattering length.
The other is a brandless navy blue and white striped jersey (really short) nursing top which I have never and would never wear due to its length. With the matching blue and white stripe buttons (which I ended up not using), red bias tape and ribbon in my stash, I started working on my 'new' dress.
I surprised myself when I had the revamped dress completed in an hour! To be totally wearable and in jersey too! While I am still not really into refashion (somehow I just really enjoy the entire process of creating a new garment), I am so glad to have attempted and completed this project! It was surprisingly fun! It's bye bye nursing wear and hello nautical dress and I bet my hubby who took my photos this week didn't even realized it was a refashioned item. Wait till he reads the post!
I first started off by cutting a rectangular piece of the stripe jersey fabric with the neckline intact (that way I didn't have to re-stitch it) and pin it to the deep V-neck of the dress while sandwiching the red bias tape in between. After stitching the red bias tape on, I turned the dress inside out and trim off the excess stripe jersey fabric. I then attached a red velvet ribbon to the waist ties of the dress to set off the color and show the waistline better. The golden trim and the bottom of the skirt were trimmed and hemmed. Now I have a dress that is not too low cut and long! Yay! And the blue/red/white vintage flower brooch I bought many months back on etsy went perfectly with the dress. I think this nautical number might be perfect for my family vacation to the Great Barrier Reef end of July!
I hope you are having just as much fun with your refashion this week! Ahoy! I'm ready to set sail.