20th April 2011
A little last minute change to my DIY outfit for the wedding I went to in Sydney on the weekend. Ended up layering a watermelon DIY floor length silk skirt (with a big side split) over a black elasticated bodycon dress with cut outs in the back. I sewed a black silk waistband directly onto the skirt while it was on to make it look more streamlined. The skirt had such a beautiful flow to it when I walked and was so nice to wear. The candy store tiled walls of the bathrooms in The Ivy made a perfect (albeit random) backdrop for a few last minute pics.
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Wearing: DIY watermelon full length skirt with side split, whistles elastic bandage dress, black crystal bracelet.
15th April 2011
Thanks for all your lovely feedback on my DIY side split dress. This is the tutorial a lot of you have been asking for – the side split dress with wrapped bodice. It’s so incredibly easy.
UPDATE: NOTE THAT SINCE I PUBLISHED THIS POST I HAVE POSTED A VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE ON A SIMILAR STYLE DRESS.
The first thing to do is to make a maxi skirt using the tutorial I gave here. Create the split by only sewing the top 30cm (or so) of the long seam together. To make the bodice you will need around 2m of fabric – preferably silk, with a width of between 50cm and 1m. In this tutorial I have a crop top on (admittedly not very sexy at all) but when you make yours you won’t be wearing a top of any sort underneath.
It may take you a few tries to get the wrapping and gathering exactly as you like it – but just play around with it until it suits your style and your frame. Make sure you cover the top of the waistband of the skirt with the wrapped fabric for a more streamlined look – you can stitch these together if you want but I didn’t bother. You can even throw a belt or sash around the waist too. How nice is the side view and the back with the twisted fabric?
For those of you concerned about bursting out of the dress, if you wrap tightly enough and stitch down properly you should be able to do a whole night of dancing without any trouble. Women in South East Asia have been wearing saris for thousands of years using techniques like this so I promise you’ll be fine. Be sure to have a pair of scissors on your bedside table for when you get home – and cut the stitched thread and not the fabric.
I’ve made another one for the wedding I am going to but I still can’t decide which to wear. I’ll be adding a few little extra details on the day which I can’t wait to show you. Do you know what the best thing is about this dress? Once you’ve finished wearing it you can unwrap the fabric and use it for something else. You can even unpick the maxi skirt and use that too! That’s what I’ll be doing once I have worn these dresses… Talk about recession chic.
9th April 2011
Remember when I posted about having moved on from midi skirts because I feel like such a man repeller when I wear them? Well, I converted a number of my favourites to mini(ish) skirts – this is one of them. Infinitely wearable now, for both work and play. Whistles eat your heart out. Whats not to love?
wearing: vintage DIY skirt, thrifted belt, country road singlet, zara wedges.