Sewing Project #2 - The Convertible Dress - Narcissism is Necessary

Sewing Project #2 – The Convertible Dress

My last sewing project gave me a semblance of confidence in handling the sewing machine. That said, I got to admit that I still major suck in this sewing business and probably will suck for the rest of my sewing history. Why?

1. I can’t sew in straight line
2. I CAN’T for the life of me, sew a hem -_- (this frustrates me greatly)
3. I still don’t have a tailor scissors so I’m using kitchen scissors. So the sides of my fabrics are all jagged (I’m trying to pass it off as fashion :P )

Anyway, I was scouring the internet for something reasonably easy that I could sew without losing any finger. I found this here.

First of all, I do not comprehend the instructions. Maybe the english too deep or something I just can’t understand even after a 6th read. So I decided to just study the pictures and diagrams and come up with something I think could work.

This is what I came up with:

My awesomesauce sewing “pattern”.

If you understand it, I applaud your genius.

So I begin cutting out the fabrics – all 3 different colours of them. Errr, because there’s not enough fabric, hahaha.

Took me about 3 hours to get to the finish product. To be honest, stitching was okay but the cutting was the most time consuming of all and it compelled me to get a proper scissors as soon as possible -_-.

There was no measurement whatsoever, I just kind of draped the fabrics around my body and gave them some extra length.

And here….my convertible dress:

Behold, the convertible/infinity dress.

Well, I got to say it’s not bad at all. I’m extremely happy with it. All it’s missing is proper hem to prevent the fabric from fraying/looking cheap but since I’d made a point to use extra fabric I could kind of tuck the fraying hem inside, he he he. I is a genius!

And now…the multiple ways of wearing the dress:

#1 – Halter Neck gather at the side.

#1B – Check out the cross-back.

Notice the fraying bottom of the skirt (which double as a waist band) courtesy of the kitchen scissors. NEED. TO. LEARN. HOW. TO. SEW. HEM.

#2 – Halter Neck with criss cross front and gather in the middle.

#2B – The back is bare for this.

The skirt is shorter now because I’ve gathered the fabric around the waist and tie it up, so it can be a skirt and a waistband :)

#3 – Halter neck with gather on the side.

#3B – A different form of T-back.

So what I did was, instead of just tying the extra length of the straps around my waist, I first twist the straps together from my neck towards my waist and then tie a knot at the front. Now you know why I want so much extra length!

#4 – Neck warmer.

#4B – This style produces bareback just like #2B.

What I did is that instead of un-twirling the T-Back, I loop it around my neck and voila, something to warm the neck or to cover an adam apple :P

Eh, revealing too much skin?? Nevermind!

#5 – Asymmetrical sleeve.

#5B – Asymmetrical back.

Okay sometimes I want to be a little mysterious about my body also. So instead of showing off two shoulders, I show off only one lor :P. This can be achieved by wrapping the body with one strap and wrapping the other over the shoulder. Easy peasy!

And when it gets a little hot….I can always do this.

#6 – Asymmetrical shoulder.

#6B – Peekaboo.

This is even easier! Just get to the #5 look and then tuck the extra sleeve underneath the shoulder and it’s done.

And lastly, when I’m feeling sexayyyy, just cover up the bare minimum, like this :D

#7 – Strapless style.

#8 – More back.

I could think of a dozen more ways to wear this convertible dress but I’m too lazy to take photos hehehe.

And I love this prototype so much, but I seriously need to improve on my sewing skills. All the extra fabric are able to hide the flaws and spaghetti stitching but even if nobody noticed, deep in my heart I know I sucks :P

I will endeavour to improve!! Till my next sewing project, kthxbai.

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25 Responses to Sewing Project #2 – The Convertible Dress

  1. Cheesie February 20, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    WA! chun wei! talented!

    but why also got Koyuki’s leash in 3B one. Nao very heng hor. Jacjac oso got one

  2. Myhorng February 20, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    OMG! WOW!

  3. Ellie February 20, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Shit woman, doing excellently well for a beginner! Workmanship takes practise, from the looks of it yours will follow much sooner than most :)

  4. sotong February 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    WAH LAN EH… @_@

  5. fresh February 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

    wahhh not bad wor! hahaha! i kinda like the first crossback one and the strapless one :P

  6. suanie February 20, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    oooo nice

  7. E.Adrienne February 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    It actually look like something i would buy! Nice!

  8. haze February 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    ok. we gotta do a photoshoot with this dress fuck!!

  9. LooLoo February 21, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Cant believe that this is only ur 2nd project.
    U IS A GENIUS!!!
    i are impressed!!!

  10. KY February 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    wahh hardcore, damn awesomesauce dot com!

  11. Ms. Bloom February 22, 2010 at 1:09 am #

    Very impressive babe! The dress is fab!

  12. Tan Yee Hou February 22, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    eh if back got pimples cannot wear this.

    seen a few woman don’t look like woman trying these kinda clothes with pimples, damn cannot make it.

    Nice work, even if I don’t know how to wear/appreciate clothes.

  13. Kimberlycun February 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

    cheesie: ya now is very heng!!

    horng: cannot believe issit!

    ellie: thanks woman appreciate the support!

    sotong: walauyeh back!

    fresh: me toooo!

    suanie: tq :D

    e.adrianne: thanks!!!

    haze: OKAY!

    looloo: hahahhaa i like how u is speaking nao!

    ky: thanksssssssssssss

    ms. bloom: thank you hehe

    yeehou: hrmm yeah i guess if you’ve got a back full of pimples you shouldn’t be wearing bare back hehe. which really highlights the importance of taking care of often neglected body parts like necks, backs, elbows and knees!

  14. xes February 23, 2010 at 12:59 am #

    Convertible dress reminds me of one the Simpsons episode where Marge kept altering her cheap Chanel suit to fit in a group of ‘atas’ ladies. You can watch the episode here hehe!

  15. Shirley February 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    wow Kim, you’re really smart loh! i don’t even dare to think of sewing clothes yet, only small little projects! and the fabric you’re using looks like chiffon .. not exactly the easiest fabric to sew. not easy with machine, much lesser with handsewing. :p You can buy a foot for sewing rolled hem with a zig zag stitch though. and sewing in straight lines take practice and practice makes perfect! but GREAT JOB! look forward to your future sewing projects! :P

  16. Kimberlycun February 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    xes: lololololol awesomesauce episode!!

    shirley: no lah, i just do it lor. u should look at the stitching it’s so bad -_-. and it’s not chiffon, i dunno what it’s called it’s a little see through but much more manageable and structured than chiffon so easier to sew. thanks for the support :D

  17. Lydia February 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    my goodness that is so awesome! my favourite’s number 3!

  18. michellezyenn February 26, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    OMG you genius!! Kariza has bout 100 ways right? Have you figured out how many ways can you wear this convertible dress?

  19. Zannnie June 2, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    wow, it’s amazing and you are really clever! :) love this design you’ve made! I’m very impressed!

  20. Shreela (Sen) Singh August 13, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Uber cool!
    Nice color! Damn sexy! U r a natural @ dressmaking, ain’t U!
    U simply PLAYED with z fabric, & had a fantastic fun time both making & wearing it!

    • Kimberlycun August 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

      shreela: thanks!! you’re right i had a fun time making it! :)

  21. superflorence October 12, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    Hey, looks lovely. And in terms of being a better sewer- I think knowing how to hide your mistakes is the most important thing!

  22. Erin Muree November 6, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    OMG! That is so amazing. If I were you, if you have a machine, I would just sew about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch in from the bottom of the fabric, and then let it fray a bit to give a fun lose look. Or if you are lazy like I am most of the time take some Fray-Check or clear nail polish along the rough edge to keep from fraying. Problem solved. Way to go, love it!!!


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