I’m a big fan of asymmetry! I’ve used it several times before in my refashions; most recently in my Floral/stripes refashion of Challenge 1. I’ll be honest… I didn’t think I would make it this far in Refashion Runway… So, when I was working on that first challenge I used a LOT of asymmetry thinking, “Well, it doesn’t matter since I’m not making it to the Asymmetry challenge anyway…” So I had to brain storm another Asymmetrical look for this final challenge…Go figure 🙂
Luckily, I found this Donna Karan item from her 2014 line and I fell in LOVE with it!
It’s fairly simple looking but I think it’s SO classy and elegant at the same time. I knew it would probably require a lot of material so when I was hunting for my before piece, I kept that in mind… and I couldn’t seem to find any solid colored item that met that or my .99 cent budget requirement… until I found this:
Yes, it has a print when I was hoping for a solid… but I love the print. I have a weakness for prints; the weirder and funkier the better. This dress was already my size, but the skirt was very gathered at the banded high waist, so I knew when I took that out, I would probably have enough material to make my inspiration piece. So I literally dissected every single piece of this dress apart.
The only piece of this dress I left in tact was the back panel (far bottom left in the picture above). It had french darts to give it a peplum effect. I simply seam ripped them out for a more blouse-y fit and used that as my pattern for the new front panel I was going to create.
I started with one of the existing front panels and trimmed it on an angle … Because of the print of this fabric, I didn’t think the asymmetry would come through, so I added scrap material from a previous refashion (Tulip Back Blouse). I cut that pink/floral fabric on an angle as well and kept sewing pieces of it and the black print together. Once I had a big piece, again, I used the original back panel as a pattern, evened it all out, and then made another big angular cut across the front.
There were 4 panels of fabric in the skirt. I used 2 of them to add most of the length. Of course, I added them on an angle. I used my homemade dressform to double check fit. That right seam is a bit wonky… so I had to polish that up a bit. I used a serger to sew all these panels together.
All that’s left now are the finishing touches: I cut an asymmetric V neck and to tie the 2 fabrics together a little better, used more of the pink scraps to make a binding around the raw edge. I finished the arm and bottom raw edges with a rolled hem.
I’m not trying to be cute when I say this, so I hope no offense is taken but it has an Asian look to it, I think. I don’t know how else to describe it. I think these 2 materials are quite lovely together 🙂
The material is super flowy and lightweight. I love how the wind catches the bottom hem.
Ohmygosh, my face! 🙂 So, confession time: Despite the fact I have an Awesome Blog photographer, for my Before and Afters I take all my own pictures with a tripod and my camera timer. I would love to pay Nedra to take all my B&A photos but, as I’m not a professional blogger yet, I take all my own pics trying to be as artful and creative as I possibly can… and I HATE it! 🙂 It is SO embarrassing! I hope and pray to God nobody sees me. But they do. I always get a photo bomber. There’s always a million cars that drive by, and bikers, and neighbors walking their dogs, and couples out for a stroll… I just wanna die. I imagine that’s why I have that pained expression on my face.
I got eliminated from Refashion Runway this week… But Participating in it has been a great experience! It has challenged me so much and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Beth (who can say they know the “Renegade Seamstress” I mean, come on) and the other bloggers involved. I had no idea when I was chosen that we’d all become such good friends. This was so much fun. Thank you for letting me be a part of it. Thank you for keeping me in the competition as long as you all did with your votes. You’re awesome!
If you haven’t started to follow the other competitors from this season (Irene, Kathy, Sylvia, Marisa, Gema, Kara, or Sarah), Do it! Follow them right now. All these ladies are amazing and inspirational!