A while ago I hit up a high school marching band yard sale in Orem. It was there that I scored 9 yards of black fabric for $1.25. It was a cotton knit, so the possibilities were endless.
Fast-forward four months, Provo City and Allegiant Air threw a family-friendly red carpet party to launch their new flights to LA. I needed something to wear, but didn’t have anything in my closet that spoke to me. That’s when I remembered that fabric. Inspired by some recent red carpet trends, I set to work and made my dress in about an hour’s time.
|At the event with Camden.|
One of my main inspirations was this Stella McCartney dress. I had recently purchased a gold belt from ebay, and was excited to finally have something to wear it with.
I took this inspiration and decided that I wanted to keep it as simple as possible–I was short on time! So I choose to go with an all black dress to avoid having to use multiple fabrics. I took advantage of the stretchy jersey knit fabric, and came up with a dress that could slip over my head without requiring buttons or zippers.
To create the pattern, I used some of my current clothes. I tried on the red shirt with my maxi skirt and decided how long I wanted the dress to be, and marked where the skirt sat on the shirt with a piece of tape. (Unfortunately, I forget to add a few inches for my high heels.)
I then placed my “pattern” onto my fabric and cut around the edges, generously adding a few inches to create the seams and hem. You can always take things in, but it is really hard to add additional space. Keep that in mind!
|The tape marked where to place the skirt for the pattern.|
|I wanted to keep the back high, so I left it straight across with the shoulders.|
Because I used a shirt with wide shoulders, I did not have to add any technical “sleeves.” This saved me a lot of time from having to create, cut, and sew sleeves along with the rest of the dress.
The necklace below is from Tiny Dazzles and right now they are offering 20% off everything in the store with promo code camden20. They also offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more. The necklace I’m wearing is only $13.60 with the promo code.