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
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!