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Delia creates: Versa Skirt Dress tutorial  September 6, 2013 – 11:22

Jessica, one of my wonderful readers, contacted me last week with some advice on how to recreate a dress.

I had just bought some striped knit from Joann's on clearance with the intent to make...something. Maybe a skirt. I didn't really know. After I got her email, I knew I had to use it for her dress.

So I came up with this...

And here is the original inspiration.

I realize now that I should have not made it so tight! Whoops.I have updated and improved this tutorial. Find it HERE.
Still I liked this dress/skirt so much I made another one:

This skirt/dress is really very simple. It only consists of two pieces and three seams!

Let's get started.

First, measure yourself.

1. Measure hip to floor to determine length.

2. Measure your waist.

3. Measure the widest part of your booty. :) I mean hips.

4. Measure from your waist to the widest part of your hips.Now you can shop for fabric.
You'll need a nice stretchy knit. It is ideal if it can stretch well against the grain and with the grain. If you do, you can get less fabric because you can use the width of the fabric and not just the length. You want a piece just a bit wider than your hips and as long as your hips to the floor plus about 20 inches.

I got 1 1/8 a yd. of the green 58 in. wide knit and it worked great.

Now lay out your knit folded in half right sides together. I pinned my stripes so that it would stayed lined up from cut to finish.

Did I regret making that black dot in my fabric? Yes! But it doesn't show on the other side - phew - so we're good.

You want the top of the skirt to be 1/2 an inch larger than your waist {1/4 inch seam allowance} Take your waist to hip measurement and mark where the widest part of your hips should lie. Draw a curved line between these two points. Then draw a straight line to the end.

I had only a yard {which was unfortunately cut really crooked} which my hips were slightly larger than so I had to get creative with this. : /

Pin and sew with a narrow zig zag stitch which is great for knits. It will allow the knit to stretch a little at the seam.

Now cut a piece like this. Just the width of your waist and about 13-18 inches long {I did 13 inches for the striped fabric and 18 for the green dress}. The longer this piece is the more of a bunched top you get.

Pin and sew into a nice neat tube.

{Don't mind the scissors. They were weighting the fabric down so it wouldn't slide off my table.}

Pin with wrong side of tube facing right side of skirt/dress. Sew.

This is what you should end up with.

When you put it on, you just slide the seam in the back and fold over the top. Like so.

Pretty easy. And really comfy.

And as the name implies.


So...that's it. My versions of the Versa Skirt Dress. I hope this tutorial helps you Jessica!

Have a beautiful day!

Source: www.deliacreates.com

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Bring nice jeans, tops, skirts and a dress

I don't know how dressy any of your stuff is but London is more frumpy than people believe. Street chic is in, depending on your age. Otherwise prepare to see just about anything in the clothing department. In other words, you won't be out of place no matter what you wear.
Here's what I have packed & it's worked:
2 pairs of jeans, dark wash. 1 straight leg, 1 bootcut
1 black pencil skirt
1 silk dress (black/white pattern)
Several tops + thin cashmere sweaters for layering and changing it up
2 pairs of flats

FITTED dressy top?

I've been looking everywhere, but all the tops I've found that are dressier than a Tshirt are loose and flowy.
Which is all well and good, but I have a couple of fuller skirts that i need tops for, and the flowy top with a full skirt just makes me look 3 sizes bigger than i am.
I'm looking for more evening-dressy than office-dressy.

Pencil skirt question

I bought a nice khaki-colored pencil skirt today. It has a self-belt that goes through these loops that are sewn onto the skirt. Do I tuck in the top I'm wearing to show the top of the skirt? My teenagers say NOT to tuck in tops or shirts into pants or skirts, but I think it looks pretty tucked in. Also, the top is black, do I wear black pumps with the khaki skirt? I have a couple pair of tan shoes, but they just don't look right with the skirt.
Next, I have an all-black dress with cap sleeves and scooped neckline I plan to wear to work. I plan to wear it with fuschia patent high heel pumps and one of those silver multiple-ring necklaces that are in right now

Wear this!

Seriously, though, you should contact the person who invited you and find out what to wear. Is it jeans casual? Non-jeans? I have been to quite a few baby showers. A couple were kind of a dressy casual, not jeans. Some people wore dresses, some wore pants. They kind of looked ready for church. A couple I have been too were extremely casual, but still clean looking. Jeans, nice tops, some peopel wore very casual dresses or skirts. Basically, conservative, clean, and put together, wether jeans are acceptable or not. Contact the host!

Nicole Richie dressed to impress at last night's 10th Annual Style Awards.  — Belfast Telegraph
The blonde beauty showed off her toned figure in a blouse and skirt by Preen teamed up with Christian Louboutin pumps.

2013 New York Fashion Week Fall Category Archive | Latest News, Photos, and ..  — Just Jared
Maria is wearing a blouse and skirt by Preen, Christian Louboutin pumps, and jewelry by Jack Vartanian. Jessica is wearing an Altuzarra dress.

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