I know, I know it’s yet another Charlotte, but this one is a refashioned one (it used to be a dress- see below) in a beautiful, khaki, eyelet fabric.
I originally bought this dress from eBay. It’s by the now defunct Jesire, which was great for petites. They used American sizes though, so although this was advertised as a UK size 8, it was actually an American size 8 (which I think equates to a UK size 12?) so far too big for me. I thought about having it professionally taken in, but never actually got round to it and it’s been hanging sadly in my wardrobe ever since. If I’m honest it was a bit too ‘strappy’ and revealing at the back too, so I’m not sure I even would have worn it on holiday, let alone in the UK.
I did think twice before I hacked into it, but it seemed a shame not to put the fabric to better use. Khaki, originally an Urdu/Persian word, temptingly translates as ‘dust-coloured’ and might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I find it a really useful neutral and a nice change from my usual navy blue.
Initially I attempted to unpick the dress, but soon realised this would take an eternity, so simply cut round beneath the bodice. I then cut out both the skirt and lining as usual, but retained the pretty, pleated detail to the hem, by carefully measuring my required length beforehand. I then unpicked part of the bodice section to use as the waistband. I was a bit worried about this, but it attached in the same way as the pattern. I used two hook and eyes to fasten at the back, but I’m not entirely happy with this, so may well try poppers instead for a closer fit. Either that or maybe one larger hook and eye instead of two – not sure, but it’s not lying flat enough at the moment so I’ll have to have a further play around with it.
I promise I did carefully press it before these photos were taken, but I guess it’s just going to crease loads regardless. I don’t think a bit of creasing looks too bad in the summer though, do you?