Friday, 13 April 2018

Charm Patterns - Rita Blouse Dress Hack: 2018 Make Nine

This is my fifth 2018 Make Nine item (and it's April - just saying); number four is for the next post, but this is so fabulous, I had to share it first!


 

As mentioned in my last post, I am very taken with the Charm Patterns Rita Blouse, and had grand plans to hack it into a dress.  Below are just a few of my inspiration dresses:
 
1. Collectif    2. Coco Fennell  3. Coco Fennell

In fairness, I love just about every dress on both the Collectif and Coco Fennell websites, and they feature heavily on my Pinterest sewing boards - anyway...

This was honestly so easy to hack.  I made two changes:

1.  Cut the bodice pieces off at the waist, and added a seam allowance.

Gertie has very helpfully marked the waist on all of the bodice pieces, so it really was just a case of marking a seam allowance 15mm below.

2.  Lengthened the sleeves by 10".

This was really easy too.  All I did was re-trace the original sleeve, then add 10" to the underarm seam.  Here's what it looks like, the original sleeve hem is the horizontal line.


I also added 5 cm to the length of the bodice, as I thought my top versions were a little bit short.  To determine how much to add, I measured from the underbust seam (where a bra underwire sits) to my waist at the centre front, then added the length in above the waist mark.  
 

 

 

The skirt is my self-drafted A-line skirt.  The neckline and sleeves are hemmed with bias tape, which I made from the same fabric as the dress.  


 

Talking of fabric, this is some black vicose with little anchors that I found on ebay, and I'm pretty pleased with how I managed to line all the little anchors up!


I am thrilled with how this dress turned out, it's kind of 70s and exactly how it looked in my head - what's not to love?!




Have a great weekend,

Lynne

21 comments:

  1. Wow Lynne, you're right, this is completely fabulous! Can't believe it's a hack - it's so perfect, I'd say it's even better than your inspiration dresses! xx

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    1. Thanks Shauni! I'm really delighted with how it turned out, and it was a lot easier to do that I thought!

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  2. Very flattering. Suits you so well. You are like a machine, woman. It's only April.......

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    1. Thanks Lizzi! In fairness, I was off work over Easter and the weather was pants, so I did a lot of sewing!

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  3. Always love your makes but this out this one is a stunner, it looks gorgeous on you.

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    1. Thanks Mags! I'm really pleased with it.

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  4. What’s not to love indeed! It’s perfect! X

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  5. The proportions on this dress are absolutely spot on! I love the shape of the skirt. It's really just perfect!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! This skirt is great, and I really need to use it on more dresses!

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  6. And love it I do! How gorgeous is that! Super fabric choice too.

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    1. Thanks Diane! I adore this fabric, and it was a total bargain too!

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  7. Very clever pattern and such a beautiful dress. It does remind me of a dress my Mother made me in the seventies when I was a teen. I loved that dress. Yours looks perfect on you.

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    1. Thanks Elaine! And yey to being like actual 70s goodness!

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  8. It's fab Lynne and you have my permission to make many more, so now you have buy lots more fabric.
    It's so you - perfect.

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    1. Thanks Ruth! The last thing I need to do is buy more fabric!!!!

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  9. That's a great hack Lynne - it looks lovely! It fits you really nicely too!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! I'm very pleased with the fit.

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  10. Cuuuuute! Well done on your make nine progress ;o)

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    1. Thanks Colette! Can't believe how organised I am with Make Nine!!

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