Put a Bird on It!
Fabric: Soft knit jersey
Pattern: Vogue 8636 Designer Original March Tilton
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: February 25, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: $3.00 for thrifted maxi dress
This is one of my favorite challenges because I’m doing so many great things like saving money, refashioning, and being creative. I haven’t sewn very many garments using stretch fabrics, so I took this opportunity to use my new Vogue pattern by March Tilton and of course, my serger. With refashioning in mind, I snatched up this crazy colorful maxi dress from the thrift. I took it apart and laid out the pattern. I had to make shorter sleeves because there wasn’t enough fabric for the 3/4 length. I lined up the bottom of the sleeves to the bottom of the dress, taking advantage of the double needle stretch hem. (I don’t know how to do that yet).
“Put a bird on it” comes from the quirking comedy, Portlandia. Watch a short segment: “Put a Bird on it” It’s hilarious!
This project didn’t take a lot of time, but don’t think that I was a slacker this week. My daughter and granddaughters came to visit over the weekend and we sewed and sewed. My daughter wanted help drafting a pattern for a little camisole top and my youngest granddaughter wanted to make a skirt. We managed to work until midnight on Saturday and then finished up Sunday. (Just before the models came for the finale fitting, hair and makeup and then the runway show!) You can see more about that here.