Drab to Fab - Japanese Print Silk Dress
Every once in a while, I find something at the thrift store that strikes me, but is so ill-fitting that it needs to be taken apart, re-cut, and sewn anew. I found this beautiful—thingy—at the thrift store for five dollars! I don’t exactly know what it is. Is it a kimono? Is it a caftan? Is it a nightgown?! Anyway, it’s obviously oversized, but I was so taken with the color and print, as well as the fact that it’s 100% silk, that I thought I would re-purpose it into an everyday dress. I knew immediately that I wanted to make an easy pullover dress. I sketched it out, and then found a sewing pattern (New Look 6181) to fit my vision, with a couple of alterations. I kept the original boat neck, and went with shorter sleeves, as I didn’t quite have enough material for full-length bell sleeves. I’m pretty pleased with the result. I particularly like the cowl back, and it’s so light, breezy, and easy to put on. Remember, for those days when the thrift store is completely picked over, it’s still fun if you look at it more like a fabric store!