Recently I got into looking at modest fashion clothing. I have been following a couple of shops that specialise in religious fashion.
The funny thing is, I am in no way religious, I feel no need to cover what someone tells me to. BUT I personally like to cover, i tend to go for these types of clothes and they tick all the modest boxes: They don’t cling to my figure, muted colours, and lots of flowing layers. All these properties lend themselves to religious attire.
One thing I keep seeing was a long line swing dress. One site in particular is Mimu Maxi, who I love on Instagram! I love people who post a lot about things I love. These are a couple of their dresses that are very me:
And of course I picked out the ones with the most muted colours…
Then there was this from Merricks Art, with actual instructions on how to make it:
^^^^^^ I had been stalking this on pinterset for a while, the yellow is not me, but it is the perfect swing cover up.
So combining all my inspiration, I set about making my own version that would suit my needs. I used the top of a very old shift pattern dress, but flared the skirt out to the max. I chose a grey tie Dye from the big fabric shop in Lewisham, which i had been saving quite a while for such a make as this.
So How Did It Sew?
The dress didn’t turn out how i wanted. Firstly, it was too big and i had to take it in A LOT…
Secondly, I am a complete idiot and i cut it too short. I left far to much on the bottom to get the perfect length, then i just forgot what i was doing and went and cut it at my usual shorter length.
This is by far not unwearable in any sense,but it is not what I intended. Unfortunately I now have something very similar to a ready made i already own. Doh. It kind of defeats the whole ideals of sustainable fashion.
If I had cut it out at the right length, this would have been a complete success, unfortunately I ruined the best laid plans…. I have worn it, but it is definitely tunic length. I am in desperate need of something that shows a little less knee.
I will pop this on my sewing this for a second attempt.