After not being able to procure last minute tickets to Paris to watch Marie Antoinette (apparently, turning up at Waterloo Eurostar terminal is not such a good idea…), today I decided was going to be DIY dress day. I have so many ideas but with zero sewing skills to back them up. However, I know I wanted to make a simple Miu Miu-esque babydoll dress and thank god, this season’s easy breezy shapes are a sewing-retard’s dream.
So, I got my mother’s old silk skirt which is too long to wear as a skirt and too teensy at the waist for me and chopped off about 9 inches off if. Then I got a lace placemat that I had tea stained a few weeks ago and cut off the crochet trim and used that to hem the skirt. With the placemat material, I cut it in half and then hemmed the vertical edges and then kind of made some wide pleats at each end and sewed it down to secure the pleat – at this point, I was really making it up as I was going along. (Real seamstresses and designers will probably be appalled by all these slap-dash methods….). Finally, I sewed the sleeves on the waist of the skirt and added some grosgrain around the bust. This took about 2 hours which is pretty fast for me (usually my time ratio of "getting sewing machine to work:actual sewing" is about 20:1)
Then I paired the dress with my Prada stockings. Kind of looks alright from afar but up close, there are definitely DIY tell tale signs….. ah well….I’ll just swish about wearing the dress and move quickly leaving people none the wiser!
(I found these square 1970’s photos of London that my father took and used them as the background!)