Presenting… my second entry:
If you read my previous post you know I’ve entered the Refashioner’s Challenge 2017. This is the third year I’ve participated. Each year Portia Lowrie of the UK challenges the global refashioning community to make something out of a used garment. The first year I participated the challenge was to make something out of a men’s shirt. I made a mini-jacket. The second year the challenge was to make something out of jeans. I did a patchwork jacket.
So I guess I like jackets because I submitted my remake of a man’s suit:
You can read about the process here.
Anyway… all that as way of introduction to my second entry of this year’s contest. And this one IS NOT a jacket!
So here is how I got to this place…
First it started with a trip to the thrift store. I went to the Goodwill in Ashland, OH where I found four suits for $12! I chose 2 suits out of the 4 I bought for my jumper:
My inspiration for the project came from a bit of history. French designer, Yves St. Laurent, back in the 60s designed a dress called the Modarian. His inspiration was from a painting by Piet Modarian:
Next, I chose a pattern:
My next step was to dye the suits. I used a dark blue that more or less matched the color of the wool suit but gave the yellow one a bluish hue. Then came the big step of deconstructing:
It was tricky to lay out the pattern. I wanted to keep a chest pocket in the skirt. At times I had to fold the pattern piece in half and plan to put in an extra seam so I could cut out everything I needed:
I picked out a cotton lining fabric that would contrast nicely with the blue. It was a cherry red with polka dots. I decided to also use it to accent with my color blocking:
I ended up using it to line the whole dress because the back of a deconstructed suit is really a sight to behold. It’s full of seams, interfacings, pockets, etc. In addition, the wool would be scratchy otherwise, so it made sense to just line the whole thing:
I found these amazing buttons at an antique store in Hammondsport, NY. They are made from black glass and I thought they would look nice on my Modarian dress:
In the end, the overall look was fun. This was an easy pattern for intermediate sewers. Here are more finished pics: