When I started my first job, I bought two knit wrap dresses from Banana Republic that became staples in my work wardrobe. They’ve worn out in the 7 years since. I recently started working full-time again, and I wanted to find a nice knit wrap dress pattern to make a new arsenal.
Over the weekend, I graduated with my PhD, a perfect excuse to make a new dress. I was lucky enough to have my best friend and fellow sewist Nicole graduate with me. Together we made “reverse bridesmaid dresses” for the occasion. I’ve talked a little bit about our planning in a separate post here. Today’s post is essentially two-in-one, because Nicole and I have both detailed our dress-making adventures for you. The same dress can work on two very different body types–after some trials and tribulations.
My friend Nicole and I have been planning graduation dresses for a few months. She’s ahead of me in the process, and is defending her dissertation tomorrow! I have officially written my dissertation now, and I’m finally pretty confident that I’m really going to graduate this spring. That means that I can finally talk about the dresses that we’re making for the occasion.Continue reading
I’m not much for refashioning or alterations. If a piece of clothing doesn’t work for me, I generally just give it to a friend and wish it luck on its new journey. I almost gave this dress away at a clothing swap last month. It was too tight in the shoulders and upper back, forcing me to stand up uncomfortably straight. I was a little too sentimental about it, though, since I defended my dissertation proposal in it, so I couldn’t give it away that easily. At the last minute had a change of heart and a brilliant idea. What if I just removed the sleeves?