A few months ago I bought a racer back vest which I liked the fit of so much that I thought I would duplicate it. I chose a spotted navy crepe which draped really nicely. Its now become a wardrobe staple (and it only cost a fraction of the original!).
I thought the shape would translate pretty well into a dress simply lengthened and gathered with elastic at the waist and when doodling some ideas I thought I'd add a bit of interest by throwing in a sort of 'shirt dress' element by splitting the front and faux buttoning it (because lets be honest... who can be bothered with buttonholes unless they're actually necessary!).
Embarrassingly despite having had my trusty machine (Bernina Activa 220 in case anyone is interested) for almost ten years now, I've never bothered playing around with the extra feet/stitches -always sticking to the trusty straight/zig-zag. I happened upon the manual and decided it was about time I did! Turns out my machine has a pretty nifty overlocker foot and stitch which worked perfectly for this project.
The stitch sews the seam and covers the edges, stopping fraying, simultaneously -saving some time but also giving a nice neat finish. I also like the fact that it cuts down on wastage by enabling me to cut my pieces with hardly any seam allowance. Definitely one to use again.
Anyway I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. [Note to self -stop trying to take pictures with no natural light.] May even try to churn out a few variations whilst willing the sunshine and warmth to return!