Convertible Dressescomments (11) August 2nd, 2008
On a recent trip to the mall with a friend, I was dragged kicking and screaming into J. Crew (this store is SO out of my price range) only to discover one of those dresses I just had to have. I saw it from across the store on the arm of a saleswoman and it was the color that first caught my eye, a brilliant fuchsia, bright enough to wear to the beach but also with enough vibrancy to be converted into a winter shade. I approached her to ask where I could find others like it and she walked me over to the “Clearance” rack only to discover that it was the last of its kind. All was not lost, however, because the dress she was holding was my size and she handed it over with the proud declaration that this was “meant to be” - I agreed.
The awesome thing about this dress, she yelled to me over the door in the fitting room, was that it could be worn three different ways: with the top folded over for a flirty short dress, with the top extended for a longer dress (my personal preference), or with the top pulled down around the waist as a skirt. I was hooked, especially when it rang up at the register for less than half its original price.
I will admit that my love of the dress has dwindled since my first few attempts to wear it: the stretchy, t-shirt fabric that makes it so easily convertible also makes the skirt heavy and the top slippery. We all know that this is a bad combination for a strapless dress. I am in the process of plotting strap designs to make this number a little more wearable but in the meantime, my interest was sparked and I began looking for an easy-to-make convertible dress design.
In this case, all roads led back to Rowena’s “Infinity Dress” on her blog Ro-Stitchery. Everytime another blogger mentioned making a convertible dress, it was based on Rowena’s design and with good reason! This dress can be sewn in an afternoon, worn at least four different ways, and best of all, it has straps to keep that stretchy t-shirt fabric up! The verdict is in, Rowena: 1, J. Crew: 0.
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