i tried it out using a super easy pattern she recommended - a "free spirit" tank that had a longer dress option. it took a little while to get the pattern printed, assembled and cut out, but i got 'er done.
then it was time to tackle the scary part: learning how to thread the serger and get it up and running. with the help of a few YouTube videos, i finally got it. also, for fellow brother 1034D owners, i'm happy to report that it's actually quite easy to do once you get it once.
first shoulder seam: check!
after that, the rest was easy. about half an hour later, i was trying on my first serged knit dress!
i used a similar pattern to make one for the bean, who loved the fabric i'd chosen for her. at first, it was super big on her:
but after a few adjustments and a couple of minutes at the machine, it was good to go.
while perusing my closet, i came across this dress that i never wear because strapless bras suck:
you know what happened next, don't you? i turned that bitch inside out and snipped off the side seams:
next, i folded the pieces in half and laid my pattern on top.
the best part was that i could use the existing hem, which made this even easier than i'd envisioned. i sewed up the shoulders and sides and then got to work on the neckband and armbands.
i can't wait to go through the rest of my closet and find more things to upcycle. i'm obsessed.