Monday, 24 November 2014

A Quick Modification - Owl just fix it.

It probably goes without saying, but I have a lot of dresses in my wardrobe.

Including this one. Technically a tunic. It was purchased for winter, and I love the warm cuddly feel of the fabric. And the weird little cartoony owls. But I don't love the length.

Too long for a tunic, too short for a dress. It does baffle me a bit, how someone as little as me (4'10 and a half if that) ever finds off the rack dresses too short. But I do. Frequently.

Actually, a lot of that has to do with the shape of my legs. They are the kind of legs which don't look great with a horizontal line across the thigh. Knee length is good. Mini skirts are a bit of an atrocity. This is at odds with current fads, where everything seems to stop mid thigh. Lucky for me, I can make stuff. So current fads can go sulk in the corner for all I care.

In order to work around this problem, I often wear my too short dresses over a basic skirt with a more flattering length. So it looks like the dress is a bit longer. On this occasion though, it occurs to me that I would get a lot more wear out of this if I reworked it as a shirt.

So that's what I did!

I cut 15cm off the bottom, and re-hemmed it. Did you know you can use a catch-stitch on stretch fabric? You can. It stretches really well.

It's worth looking at things in a different way. It helps to think of things not just in terms of what they are, but what they could be. A small tweak can make a big difference to something. I expect I will get a lot more wear out of this now.

Side by side:

This last photo is for my lovely friend Sarah. Because the photos are my least favourite part of the blogging process. And then on the weekend Sarah said 'I love the photos on your blog.'
'Aww thanks' I said, slightly reassured.

But then she followed up with '....because you always look so awkward.'

Yeah I am just not a model.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes a change of length can make a real difference. Hope you get lots more wear out of it now.
    I love the neat hand stitching on the hem