I was doing some internet research looking for one of those convertible dress things that you can wear many ways, but the couple that I found and that have been heavily retailed really don’t work for my body type, let’s just say I’m bigger on the top than the bottom and over 40, so those strapless/backless things aren’t my best look.
I doggedly persevered and found this little beauty by Emami, a European design group. Their stuff is beautiful, but especially intriguing is the multi-functional collection.
There are a couple you tube videos on ways to wear the limitless dress, but here are a few images for you.
I studied the pics and videos and after a couple prototypes, believe I have come up with a fairly reasonable facsimile. Which cost way less than 130 euros (or even more American dollars) that you’d spend to buy an original.
Mine cost considerably less and I’ll even tell you how to do it. Or, if you prefer, visit my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/EndlessDressing?ref=si_shop and pick one up today!
Get yourself 3 yards of a 60″ wide knit with about 50% stretch and 4 yards of matching cording. I used a flat 1/4″ wide braided trim. I’m thinking I’ll prefer a one directional stretch fabric rather than all over so you don’t get a vertical stretch, but either would probably work just fine. I used a t-shirt weight jersey knit for the example here, but it works really well in a slinky knit or ITY type of thing as well. As long as you’ve got a 50% crosswise stretch and a wrong side that looks very close to the right side, you’ll be fine.
This one garment can be worn as a skirt, a top, a poncho, a dress, even pants. And it doesn’t look like one lame thing that’s trying to be something else, which I found to be so with many other designs I looked at.
So, here we go!
Fold the fabric in half length-wise and measure down the folded edge 30 inches. Place a yard stick perpendicular to the fold out the the selvages. Now use some chalk and mark a curve from the left end to the yard stick so you end up with a half of a 30″ circle skirt. Back at the fold, at the 30″ mark, cut a semi-circle with the 30″ mark as the center point. I have no idea what the math is here, but I have a 30″waist (dear god, when did that happen?) and cut a 7″ diameter hole. Depends on how much your knit stretches. Where you see my scissors, I have folded up the fabric so it fit on the table so I could show you the whole thing. You’ll end up with something nearly the full 3 yards long.
Continuing on the other side of the semi circle, measure another 54″ or so. Then cut straight off. Then, on the selvage edge, you’ll want to curve it off for the last 12″ or so. I took off about 6″ while it was folded, so 12″ off the bottom edge all together, like this:
The last thing you need is a strip 12″ long and wide enough for your waist. You should have enough left for that. Make it longer if you want a longer waistband, which sometimes becomes a tube top section, or cowl neck.
This might make things clearer:
The rest is simple; three seams and you’re done. Fold the waistband strip in half width-wise and sew the raw edges so you have a tube 12″ long. Fold in half length-wise so now you have a 6″ tube with the fabric doubled. Pin this evenly around the cut out waist circle and sew in place. Fold under enough fabric at the bottom edge to make a casing for your cording and feed the cord through (be sure to make the casing wide enough that the cord slips around easily. Makes it much easier to adjust while you’re wrapping and tying) and finito, done!
If you give this a try, I’d love to hear from you about how things worked out and if you figure out any new and interesting ways to wear it!
You have, as my daughter said, “the ultimate hippie garment” . With it, a pair of leggings, a tube or tank top and a long sleeve T, you can go away for a few days and be comfortable anywhere from the beach to a nice restaurant. With the proper shoes and jewelry, of course. A girl always has to have the right shoe.
Take a look at it on a real live body (the kind I wish I still had) here: Brenna modeling the limitless-type dress.