I manifested this dress. No joke! A few weeks ago I said to my friend, Elle "I want to look for electric blue sequined fabric today. I'm going to make a hot party dress! It's going to be above the knee and have big shoulders and it's going to be FABULOUS!"
An hour later we discovered Love Story, a sensational pop-up vitage store in Surry Hills, and the 'Blue Tiger' dress was there! The fabric was incredible and the dress was in such good condition. The dress itself wasn't quite what I had imagined but this was great because it has given me the chance to Revamp it!
As you can see, the dress was originally very rectangular and straight. It was also a bit long for me (below the knee). Now... I'm a curvy lady so I've created a solution where I've created shape in the waist, and I've shortened the dress whilst maintaining this fabulous Bam Bam hem - no cutting required!
Mark where you would like the new waist to be.
*Measure from the hem up, to get the correct measurement the whole way around the waist.
Use coloured thread to tack a running stitch around the waist. This is your fold line.
With right sides together, fold dress on the fold line.
Measure around your waist and cut a piece of elastic (2.5cm wide). Stitch the ends together to make an elastic band.
Place the elastic band in the crease of the fold line and pin folded fabric below the elastic.
Using a zipper foot, stitch around the waist, beside the elastic, so you create a casing.
Voila! That's all it takes. This method is quick and easy and there is no cutting required.
*It's best to avoid cutting sequined material if you can, as reinforcing freshly cut sequins can be a long process.
I am a freelance designer and stylist who creates avant-garde fashion and costume. I specialize in custom making costumes for musicians, physical theatre, and dance companies. I love what I do and I love to share my passion and teach others :D