Let the hacking begin. I always wanted to mix and match patterns, and I have always had visions swirling around in my mind, so this Hack-it challenge was welcomed. Since I have used Bootstrap Fashions patterns before I decided to start there, but whom to Hack-it with, decisions; decisions! I finally decided to go with a simple pattern from Pattern Runway. After taking a close look at both patterns, I knew immediately which fabric I wanted to use and that I wanted to make a dress, something very feminine, flirty, and fun. Something cool, yet cute for a warm summer day. I love bright colors and prints, which some tend to stray away from, but not me bright colors and prints are like a great big smile to me, but I digress, back to the hack.
I selected the gathered skirt pattern from Pattern Runway #1402 and a wedding gown pattern from Bootstrap Fashions #5212. Both patterns were easy to follow. Pattern Runway, was a little bit easier to assemble opposed to the Bootstrap Fashions pattern, but overall both had good instructions and the pattern details were displayed clearly and accurately. I used the front, back, and pocket pieces of the gathered skirt pattern, I love a dress with pockets. I opted, not to use the waistband; instead I drafted my own waistband. From the Bootstrap Fashions pattern, I grabbed the bodice of the wedding dress; I love how the shoulders of the bodice sit slightly over the shoulder edge, simply lovely. I used floral print eyelet fabric for the waistband and skirt of the dress and for the dress bodice I used solid white eyelet fabric. There is something about eyelet fabric that is just sweet and refreshing. I love that all the eyelet garments in my wardrobe are easy to dress up or down and on hot summer day’s they keep me cool while looking crisp & stylish.
Hacking the skirt, I created a hi-low bottom by shortening the front and curving the front hemline up and elongating the back, with a rounded finish. Then I added a self-drafted ruffle to the bottom hemline of the hi-low dress bottom.
Hacking the bodice, I made a simple modification of shortening both the front and the back bodice.
After cutting and assembling all my pieces, I hit the machine and attached the bodice to the waistband, then added the skirt and finished it off with the ruffle and BOOM, a dress was born. Light weight and airy. I love it with flats or heels.
I love the floral eyelet, taking pictures of this dress felt like looking at art; I truly enjoy the flow of the dress and the endearing shoulders!
Both patterns are highly recommended and I will be using both in the future. Next Time I will make the wedding dress as designed in a light flowy fabric. I truly LOVE this dress, and I can’t wait to go out with the girls for lunch to show it off, I know they will love too, smiles!!!!!!!