Saturday, August 4, 2012

ModCloth made modest

Did you know that dark purple dresses are scarce this time of year? Breanna's wedding colors are deep purple and teal, and her bridesmaids are wearing purple. She wanted a dress that would coordinate with them for going away, so after much searching she found this one at ModCloth that she liked.
This is the Coach Tour dress. It has a lot of really great features - the draped collar and buttoned tabs at the waist, underbust gathers for shaping and a gathered skirt with pockets. It is made of a rayon poly blend double knit. The only down side seemed to be the fact that it is sleeveless, but a cap sleeve tee would work underneath to take care of that. Then the dress arrived and even on Bre's 5'2" frame it is SHORT. Like, I hope you shaved all the way up short. Surgery was needed. Stat.
In order to get the length to Bre's knees, I added a 5  inch band at the hem. I used Sophia double knit from Vogue Fabrics, and it is a nice match to the original fabric of the dress. Getting an exact color match to the dress would have been impossible, and a matched band would definitely have looked like a "fix". With the black contrast, hopefully the look is more designer addition. :)
Since Bre needed a top to wear under the dress anyway, I made one out of the same double knit, to hopefully add to the look of a coordinated set. The pattern is one I copied from a RTW tee and have made at least 10 times. It's rather nice in the double knit. Perhaps I need one for myself...

9 comments:

  1. I HATE that. I've tried on so many cute dresses and thought, "Well I'd better not bend over". I like what you did to it.

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  2. I liked how you made this work...and from the pics I thought you'd made the dress from scratch instead of adding a piece and a t-shirt! Great job!

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  3. Brilliant save on the dress!!!

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  4. Great fix. looks like it was planned all along.

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  5. You are SO generous with your sewing time!! Looks great!

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  6. Great idea. Getting a dress with sleeves is almost impossible here in the UK so I make my own. This is a great idea and it looks so good. Wish Breanna well for her marriage.

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  7. Katie to the rescue!! The modest mods work well with the dress and don't take away from the style.

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  8. Great fix. It looks really nice.

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