How many ways can 1 dress serve you?
The black lining & tulle you see here under my kente fabric/african inspired maxi skirt was originally a David’s Bridal DRESS I found last minute at Goodwill while searching for a Halloween costume I wanted for a party at our house. $20 was way more than I wanted to pay but I bit the bullet and purchased it anyway.
Below is the actual dress:
I decided to be a voodoo queen. I wanted a long black skirt that flared out. I wanted my skirt to be floor length but I didn’t have any time to do any sewing alterations so I simply cut off the spaghetti straps, tucked the top of the dress inward, pulled it down to my waist and belted it for added security. As for my top, I wore a lace corset-style bra, curled my locs, and piled on the accessories most of which I also purchased at Goodwill. The African spears? Well, we’ve had those for years lol. Our trick-or-treaters got a kick out it.
This was my Halloween outfit:
Now that Halloween was over I figured why not try to do something with this dress. It had good flare and tulle….and I loooooove TULLE as you can see in this tulle-belt topper skirt I made last New Years Eve:
After giving it some thought I figured the easiest thing to do that would allow me to keep the tulle intact, the flare and the floor length I adore would be to make it a maxi skirt. I saw a african inspired print at JoAnn’s Fabric but it was only a little over a yard. I orginally wanted more for volume but I remembered JoAnn’s offered a discount when you finish the fabric roll ….so yeah, I made that 1 yard work 😀
I chopped off the top of the David’s Bridal dress, re-sewed the tulle, satin and kente fabric together. Added a couple of side gathers to cinch it in at the waist. Added a gold fashion zipper because I wanted the zipper to be seen as it curved up the side instead of the back. I cut the kente fabric at a slight angle giving it a asymmetrical shape so it would drag a little below the black fabric and onto the ground. I’m one of those people who like my skirts loooong and I don’t care when they drag the ground. Because I didn’t have AS MUCH fabric as I orginally wanted I didn’t have enough to cover the back of the skirt totally, but once I tried it on I actually liked part of the black showing through so I hemmed it as is, ironed it and styled it as you see below.
I believe you can’t be interesting if your not interested, so you have to be interested in different things…and that’s me! I’m into so many things. RE-fashioning clothing is just one piece of the pie.
If you’ve priced African print skirts you know they are beautifully made and NOT cheap… so to know I came up with my own version for not a lot of money makes me happy. Check the end results of what my $20 David’s Bridal Dress became:
The last few shots I let my hair down to see how my combined thicker locs look on camera LOL…they’re coming along. 😀
I’m thinking there’s at least ONE MORE re-fashion in this skirt. I may cut the satin and kente fabric much shorter to reveal the ALL the tulle… we’ll seeeeeee!