We start at the begin. Last year I was one of the participants in the make a shirt dress challenge. I made my version of the LMV Carrie Jurk. And here comes my confession: I only wore this dress twice. The first time was for the photo shoot and the second time to a birthday party. This LMV Carrie jurk wasn’t my dress just like many other dresses. This year the Sew Together For Summer dress challenge is back with a wrap dress. I was tempted but decided to be wise and let this challenge pass. Instead I decided to do something with my LMV Carrie jurk. A blouse was the best option and came up with the LMV Carrie jurk meets Elle Puls Tunika Elle idea.
First things first
The LMV Carrie jurk is a kind of oversized dress. I decided to use the pattern that I used for my Elle Puls Tunika Elle meets Closet Case Kalle Shirt voor kon gebruiken. I started with unpicking the dress and laid the pattern on the fabric parts. The original collar and sleeves needed to be reused because there wasn’t enough original fabric left to make new ones. Pattern alterations were made when the Elle Puls Tunika Elle was placed on top of the LMV Carrie jurk. New armholes and shoulder yoke were drafted and I was ready to go.
After locking the seams the stitching began. Closing shoulder seams and topstitching them. Hem facing stitching, topstitching, closing side seams and topstitching again. Finally sleeves were set in and the collar was stitched on. Replacing the collar wasn’t that easy.
One of my older friends always brought his dress shirts with frayed collars to a lady who was able to turn frayed shirt collars. I wish I knew how this was done and wondering it this knowledge would have made it easier when I was replacing my collar. Despite all the buttonholes were already sewn there was still some hand stitching to be done.
Time and Cost
Time: unpicking the dress 2 hours; pattern making 1 hour; cutting 45 minutes; stitching and finishing 7 hours
Costs: yarn € 3,00
Result and conclusion
I’m really pleased and happy with my refashion. LMV Carrie jurk meets Elle Puls Tunika Elle is now a pleasant wearable blouse. Suitable for all the Summers days and to take with me in my suitcase. Great to combine with jeans like my just finished LMV Malmö jeans.
And a new dress? I’ve something going on for my personal July theme. You’re perhaps wondering how it feels to refashion one of makes. Well it doesn’t happen often that one of makes is a ‘failure’. This is the second time. The GBSB Drapey Knit dress was the first and after the refitting it has been worn often during hot summer days. What do you do with your selfmade garments when they are letting you down? Charity shop, giving it away to a friend who likes it or refashion?