Where two dresses become One Fun Party dress.
I have a friend who volunteers in a charity shop. The shop has an unfortunate policy of sending anything with a stain or a hole straight to landfill. I think there’s something they could do about this but that’s a story for another day. Anyway my friend looks out for damaged fabrics she thinks I might be interested in that might go to landfill and pulls them out for me. Not long ago she found a Morrissey dress – I think it was from the early 2000’s. It was a dusky silk baby doll dress with a sheer overlay but with rips in it. (If anyone knows when this might be from let me know) A little later on she found an off white silk dress by the label Wish (I don’t think that label still exists?) with stains on it – both rescued from landfill by her.
I put them in my save it for later stash. Not long after that a friend asked if I’d make her daughter’s flower girl dress for a family wedding she was attending. I said yes of course and I thought I could somehow use the dresses I was given to make one flower girl dress. I borrowed a pattern ( Little Vogue V9141) took Pearl’s measurements (yes really) and got started on the dress. I wanted to keep it simple and let the pretty fabric do the work. First I had to unpick the lovely pink grosgrain ribbon that was on the dusky dress. It took absolutely ages to unpick but I did it while listening to podcasts and the time went quickly. (Favourite podcast at the moment Writes4women.) I wasn’t sure if I would use the trim it but I thought it was too lovely to waste. The cream dress had an embroidered embellishment that I removed and saved for later. I used the sheer crinkle silk to form the main idea of the dress and used the cream silk for the backing and lining of the bodice.
I wanted the dress to be old fashioned and sweet like something little girls from 1920 would wear, puffed sleeves and gathered waist. And of course it had to have a twirly skirt for dancing. Here’s the dress – it took a little bit of jiggling around to get all the pieces into the fabric. So I saved the dresses from the landfill and made a pretty dress for the lovely Pearl.