Wearing Your Altered Art

One of the dresses that I bought at Frenchys, during a shopping adventure with Margi Hennen in Nova Scotia, was too tight on top. I didn’t mind because I had a plan.

I would make a crocheted top and attach it to the dress, replacing the original bodice.

I crocheted the top out of a cotton and milk protein yarn (70% cotton, 30% milk protein). I’d never heard of such a combination, but the yarn is beautifully soft. Then I put on the dress, pulled the crochet top over it and my husband, Ted, pinned it in place (carefully).

I removed it (also very carefully, so as to keep the pins in place) and blanket stitched all around the lower edge of the top. Then I cut the original fabric top away from behind.

There was a problem: the sewing did not match the pattern of the fabric very well, and the bodice was not sewn on straight, but in a U. I ended up with what I considered an unsightly section below the bodice in front. The pockets lacked interfacing, and drooped in a sloppy fashion.

The original bodice.

I could berate myself for not adjusting while I was sewing on the crocheted bodice, but I was afraid that would affect the way the skirt hung. I do have a strategy for dealing with the pattern problem. I’ll display the finished dress as soon as I am done. If I get really brave, I’ll wear my altered art.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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2 Responses to Wearing Your Altered Art

  1. tammy vitale says:

    So now I add fashion designer to your list of skills. Love the pattern on the material – can see why you bought it. Am looking forward to seeing what you do with this. =]

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