DIY by Nicole
his crazy aqua number has been floating around my Mums wardrobe unworn for a good many years now... I've always loved the colour and print, and have finally been inspired to do something fun with it! If you have a bundle of un-wearable retro threads hanging around - this could be the perfect DIY for you. Who would not benefit this summer with a sweet little twin set that can be worn as separates, or as a complete outfit?!
What you need
- vintage / retro dress (the crazier the better)
- quick unpick
- sewing machine / needle and thread
- Select your retro / vintage dress (mine is a nice heavy cotton which is easy to work with - a synthetic fabric will be more difficult)
- Quick unpick the waist seam to separate the bodice from the skirt
- Take in the bodice side seams as fit (I took in the sides a little - it may be better to add darts at the back depending on your dress)
- hem your new bodice! I've used a double folded hem, which gives a nice clean finish as the raw edge is tucked inside (fold over 1cm and press, fold over another 1cm and press. then stitch)
- Gather skirt to fit your waist (I've used pleating at the front, a gathering stitch at the back, then elastic all the way around)
- Double fold and stitch to finish the waist
- Cut skirt to desired length (or leave if it's perfect already)
- Finish with another double hem
- Wear your skirt and top together, or mix it up with some other favourites!
And if you are a fan of the matching but not the making - check out Bohemian Traders striped linens for some sweet little twin sets.