From mother to daughter

One of the things I love about sewing is that you don't have to make something from a scratch. You can take any piece of clothing and, with a little bit of creativity, make something completely new. I was really excited to start my new refashion project. This time I've picked a very simple dress.

I got this dress back in December. My mum couldn't wear it anymore, so she gave it to me. At first I didn't wanted to do anything with it, but it was clearly too big. It took me a while to come up with an idea. I didn't wanted to do anything difficult, but on the other hand something very simple wouldn't be that satisfying.
I decided to make a jacket and a pencil skirt. I've cut the dress in the waist to have enough fabric for both pieces. I ripped out the sleeves to create a pattern. I made the new ones using chiffon. I added a metal zipper and finished hems with ribbing. I left the original slit on the back. I think it's a really nice detail. For the skirt I used patern #118 from Burda Magazine 04/2012. I already used it, so I knew that I won't need any adjustments. I saved the original side seams and hem. I added an invisible zip on the back.

It's actually first big, successful refashion. I did few of them in the past, but I've made some mistakes and they're just hidden somewhere in a box. I thought about re-creating at least one thing. Maybe I'll have time to do it soon.

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