Convertible Knit Dress

Pattern: Inspired by KnuckleSalad with a few changes to the waistband.

Fabric:  3 yards black rayon knit from Joann Fabrics

Time to Complete: Less than 3 hours

Notes:

First, I want to thank you all for your support! Your comments on my last post meant so much to me. The encouragement gave me a much needed boost and I used the energy to put out a round of internship inquiries. There is a local dressmaker who creates custom wedding dresses and she’s interested in having me come in and help out in her studio. I’m meeting with her this week to talk about the details and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I’m so excited to see where the opportunity takes me and I feel like I owe it all to you! Thank you!

Now, about this dress… last spring, a friend approached me about making her a dress for a wedding she was going to. I was really excited about the project and was all geared up to make her one of Gertie’s Bombshell Dresses. Well, you can guess what happened. With all the stress of the past two months the project came to a halt. With the wedding a week away I needed to create something that I could feel proud to give her but wouldn’t take a lot of time. I was browsing Pinterest one evening when a picture of a Henkaa convertible dress came up. I knew this was the dress!

Convertible, infinity, chameleon – whatever you want to call it, it’s a pretty neat design. This particular one is simply a circle skirt with a straight waistband and two long straps that are used to create the bodice. My friend, who has a tiny little waist, looks great in it but I’ll admit that it wouldn’t be my first choice. Many of the style options involve wrapping the straps around the waist to secure and that extra fabric doesn’t do my shape any justice. I have been experimenting with options that don’t do this and I love using the straps like a scarf (see the first large picture on the left). This might be enough to convince me to make another – this time in a bright color!

My friend is coming to pick it up in a few hours – I hope she likes it!

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24 Comments to “Convertible Knit Dress”

  1. so cool! I would totally sport at least 5 of those different versions, assuming they weren’t too bulky at the waist as you mention. I’m sure your friend will love this dress because there are so many options–she’s bound to love several of them :) Way to go Liz! And that is so sweet of you to sew for someone else. I have 3 fabrics from a friend that have been languishing next to my machine for months… I promised her some tops, and I haven’t come through yet. I keep meaning to tackle them :/

  2. Wow, this is absolutely amazing, Lizz!! I’ve seen these convertible dresses before and never thought they were at all appealing, but yours looks designer runway worthy!! :D

    Congrats SO MUCH on your upcoming internship – I know you’re gonna have a blast, and learn a ton!! I am so happy for you; it’s very very well deserved! *hugs* ^__^

  3. This is fantastic! I’ve never seen one of these dress styles before so I must google. Best of luck with the internship :D

  4. Congrats on your new opportunity! Takes lots of courage to take such a leap.

    That dress is full of magic! I can’t begin to understand how it’s constructed. With it in your closet you can go without having to sew/buy lots of dresses. Not that should not make more dresses. You’re far too good not to.

  5. wow! This is amazing! I saw this type of dress in a Victoria Secret catalog and thought it was so cool. I’m so curious to see what the pattern looks like :)

    • Knucklesalad (link near the pattern info) has a great diagram for the pattern. I did mine slightly different – instead of connecting the waistband and the straps at the skirt, I doubled the waistband and connected the straps at the top of it. Does that make any sense?

  6. you should have her send you a pic of her wearing it. i am so intrigued to see which way she wears it. great job. fun project.

  7. I love these types of infinity dresses!! I really have to make myself one seeing as I love to wear cool dresses in the summer and love wrapping and draping fabric! Did you use a pattern or just wing it? I’m sure your friend will love it.

    • No physical pattern but I found many useful tutorials online (Knucklesalad who I linked to in the pattern info lists a few great ones). Mine is slightly different than hers – I changed the waistband and sewed the straps to the waistband instead of the skirt. One thing that I would recommend is using a fabric that “scrunches up” (yes, very technical) better. Mine is a medium weight t-shirt jersey and the straps can be really bulky. There are a lot of version where you can knot the straps which look really neat but this fabric was just too bulky and didn’t look very elegant.

  8. What a great pattern! I definitely wanted to make one of these for the summer, but I definitely think Fall is around the corner, so maybe for next year.

  9. So cute! I can’t believe how many looks you can get from one dress! Good luck with your new internship possibility– hope you get it, and that it’s everything you hope for!

  10. Wow, so many neat variations. And how generous of you to make a garment for a friend. Also, CONGRATS on your opportunity! Hope it turns out for you! Yay :)

  11. Oh my! Should have read this post first!! I knew it!!! How much more exciting is that opportunity?! Wonderful news! The dress is wonderful too!!! :-)

    • Isn’t it amazing what a week can do? After writing my last post I realized that in order to change my life I needed to change my perspective. I started thinking about all the opportunities that are available to me and ‘click’ – things started moving. I’m certainly not “there” yet but I have some really exciting prospects. Thank you so much for your support – it’s been needed.

      • It certainly is! And next week will be even more amazing, I’m sure. Thats the great thing about these blogs. They inadvertently serve as the most detailed diary you ever kept! When you look back at your posts in a few months it will probably be like reading someone elses! I have everything crossed for you Lizz x

  12. I love the power of positive thought! What a great opportunity to intern doing what you love!

    I love your convertible dress too, I’m sure your friend will be thrilled with it, I sure would!

    I’m glad you are feeling better and good things are happening! I missed seeing your posts, glad you are back Lizz!

  13. This is a beautiful idea. I’ve been fascinated with these dresses. The strapless ones are really cute and would look great with a shrug. Congrats on the opportunity! I hope it goes well for you!

  14. Wow, such an awesome dress! xx

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