Refashion / Sew / Upcycle

Risky Slitness

Take a look at this gem:

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Alright, so maybe it’s not a gem quite yet

Pros: (1) Fit me quite well (2) Lovely white lace fabric with a 2 layered lining (3) No stains/rips (4) Only cost $6.00!

Cons: (1) The slit revealed some serious thigh and was at risk of revealing butt…yet the hemline was down to my ankles!

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This dress doesn’t make sense.

First of all, I chopped off a fair bit of length. I decided to cut the 2 inner layers shorter than the lace, so that there would be some leg showing through the lace (just the right amount of leg revealage).

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Three layers of fabric!

I wasn’t exactly sure how to close up the slits, but eventually decided on using grossgrain ribbon to connect the slits on the wrong side of the fabric.

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“celebrate it!”….ummm celebrate ribbon?!

I pinned the ribbon (tried to make it centred) onto one side of the slit. This shows the right side of the fabric:

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And then placed the two slits flush as I sewed em’ down with a zig zag stitch.

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Goodbye scandalous slit!

This is how the closed up slit looked from the right side. I left a couple inches of slit open.

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Not bad!

After doing this, I’m not sure that I REALLY needed to use the ribbon as I could have just zigzagged the two slits together…but the fabric may have pulled apart during sewing. So maybe it was a good idea to use ribbon as a sort of “stabilizer”/connecting piece?

I finished the 2 inner layers of fabric with a zigzag to prevent fraying. When I too the “after” photos I hadn’t hemmed the lace yet because I was worried that it would pucker…but later on I decided to hem the lace. Thanks tricot zigzag stitch for helping the lace stay flat!

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Ahemmmming

Look how flat it is! Yippee!

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Some things are better flat

Here’s what it looked like before I hemmed the lace (not bad, but doesn’t look completely finished):

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Backside

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These slits are much more modest

My refashioned dress was worn in public- can you believe it? I went to a see Rah Rah and Yukon Blonde play a free concert….how much thriftier can you get?

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Music in the sun!

And here’s what the dress looked like after I hemmed the lace- better, right?

BEFORE                                                                       AFTER
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4 thoughts on “Risky Slitness

  1. This is another beautiful creation; good for you Gules….just lovely…i love lace toooooo! and you totally modernized it up with the shortening up the inner layer!

    I have so many things that just need a tweak or two but NO sewing machine, argghhhh…Van has the one that used to live in our house; I may have to steal it back as she has so many other craft projects, ideas and interests whereas I really only like to sew, at least for now!

    Glad to hear you keep your 4 days til September; hopefully another 4 day will come up!

    xoxox, love

    aunty barbie

    Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 03:37:39 +0000 To: joepillay@hotmail.com

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