One night about three months ago I was bored and frustrated with a failed muslin, so I started thinking about hacking a pattern that already works for me. You might remember this picture if you follow me on Instagram. Armed with some sticky tape and a few I ideas, I played around until I had some design lines I liked. The line at the shoulder in particular stood out to me.
Here’s the final result:
The bodice is based on the Emery Dress. I eliminated the shoulder seam and added a contrast shoulder piece. I also added a waistband.
The skirt is the pencil skirt from Gertie’s first book. Surprisingly, the skirt pattern pieces matched up to my bodice pieces really well. Got lucky there. 🙂
The fabric is a stretch cotton sateen that I bought at B&J Fabrics in NYC last fall. I found B&J to be a bit pricey for me, so I only got this one piece of fabric there. However, I did appreciate how clean and nicely organized the store was. The solid black is from somewhere online. (I don’t remember where. I tend to remember all of my in-person fabric shopping experiences, but online is like a black hole.)
I’m really happy with this dress, it’s great for work and is pretty comfy because of the slight stretch in the fabric. One thing I would do differently next time is to add some light interfacing to the waistband. It’s not too apparent here, but the waistband gets a bit saggy looking after wearing it for a while.
I’ve got another hack or two up my sleeve, hope to get to those soon!