A new (old) summer dress

Have you looked at your UFOs and/or unworn past sewing projects recently? Here is a very short story about how my new dress of dreams was reborn from a simple alteration.

I found a big kafkan/kimono thing in the fleamarket. It was horrible but the fabric was dreamy. I wish I had a picture of how it was – you’ll just have to believe me.

2) Then I cut it up and made a BHL Flora dress wearable muslin out of it. I did wear it a bit but it quickly became one of those dresses that never gets worn. It looked ‘unbalanced’ to me, I always wanted the skirt to be a bit longer, and I was constantly pulling it down. And for some reason I made the skirt lining longer than the actual skirt which looked a bit silly in this case.

3) With the rest of the fabric I tried to make some Grainline Maritime shorts which were a massive fail because I didn’t check the fit.

4) I never got around to sorting them out and the shorts sat in my UFO pile for 4 (!!) years. The dress lingered in the wardrobe.

5) I catch sight of the dress and think ‘aaaw this dress is too nice not to wear, hold up – why don’t I just try and make some kind of hem extension thing with the fabric from the UFO shorts – this is so obvious, I could have done this four years ago!’
Some unpicking and careful cutting later to eek out just enough fabric and I have a lengthened dress that I love love love.


Moral of the story – sometimes it’s the small changes that make all the difference. #Deep
The End.




  1. Andrea
    28th July 2018 / 1:58 pm

    Jajajaja amazing story (and creativity!)

    • Emily@BelgianSeams
      29th July 2018 / 8:39 pm

      thanks! 🙂 🙂

  2. 1st August 2018 / 7:24 pm

    What a great idea! Your dress looks fab!!

    • Emily@BelgianSeams
      2nd August 2018 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks, Lynne!! 🙂

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