As a lot of us continue to move away from fast fashion and choose to thoughtfully buy new, make, or thrift our clothes, one of my favorite things is to make an old item feel new again. It’s one of the most fun and rewarding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Adding trim, changing the silhouette, dyeing, or finally tackling that pile of alterations are just a few ways we can repurpose our clothes for long term wear. That’s exactly what we wanted to do this week.
Wanting to make use of silk-covered buttons, we chose the well-loved Bridgerton Dress from our Free Sewing Pattern tutorial to create the beautiful Bridgerton Bodice. For this redux we added the silk buttons, removed the skirt lining, and cropped the outer skirt. We love it even more than the dress! What do you think?
Before cutting your fabric, make the following adjustments to the pattern:
1. Cut the outer skirt pattern so that it measures 5 ½” long with the seam allowance included.
2. I omitted the underskirt, however if you prefer a more modest look, use the revised outer skirt pattern to cut an identical piece with the lining.
How to make a Bridgerton Bodice:
1. Sew the bodice and sleeves as instructed in the tutorial here.
2. Sew a rolled hem on the outer skirt and under skirt, if using. Hand stitch or hem the edges that will be at the center back.
3. Attach the skirt and optional lining to the bodice as instructed in the tutorial, but do not sew the center back of the skirt or lining. They are to be left open.
4. Omit the zipper. Fold and press the two back bodice edges right sides together. Close by sewing an invisible stitch by hand, or topstitch on the machine. Press.
5. Decide on the placement of the buttons and sew accordingly.