I’m hoping that someone out there might have a creative idea for me….I seem fresh out today.
A client brought me in a dress that she would like remodelled. It is full-length, straight skirt with a centre back slit, lined, long-sleeved. The bodice has darts from the side seam and a mock-turtle collar with buttons/loops at the back. No waistline seam, centre back invisible zipper. No design details whatsoever and it looks like this purple velvet blob/sack (the client’s opinion as well).
She would like it to be cut into a skirt and top. As she wants it shortened, I can use fabric from the hemline to make a waistband and insert a centre back zipper in the opening from the invisible one. The centre back seam of the top would be closed up and the collar removed.
It is the top that I’m finding problematic. First, I’m worried that the top will end up being too short once it is separated from the skirt and finished. Also, she wants a centre front rhinestone zipper (14″ separating) and the same zips in the sleeves (5″ ending at the wrist). Naturally, this involves making an opening where there is none. And she would like something stylish at the neckline. All I can seem to come up with is a black organza collar of some sort.
Sorry this is so long. Anybody have any great ideas to pass along???