This is one of my favorite questions to ask when creating anything.
What if we cut it on the bias? What if we leave the edges raw? What if we lengthen one seam but not the other?
This dress is a What if dress!
I purchased this cotton poplin from fabric.com on a clearance page for about $3/yard. To me, that is as cheap as muslin. Only now I have a wearable sample. Love it when that happens : )
This dress is fairly simple from the waist up. Front & back are plain with ½” straps. There are also ½” side ties.
Below the waist, it is a whole lot of what if.
Here is a photo of the top part of the skirt sewn onto the bodice. It is merely a giant square. I cut 2 rectangular pieces, folded them in half and cut the corner (the one on the fold) so the total circumference would match the width along the bottom of the bodice.
Then when adding the next tier of the dress, I sewed rectangular panels to each side of the square. If left hanging, there were a lot of handkerchief hems.
Reminds me of Stevie Nicks.
Looks great on her. Not really my thing.
So I sewed the short edges of those newly added rectangles together.
They are nifty in person, and quite difficult to photograph! You can kind of see on the right side where the fabric folds in on itself.
The only changes I will make next time are to increase the width of the straps. I think that would help with the proportions of the dress overall.
What do you think?
Do you ask “What if…” when you sew?
Happy Creating everyone!