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Monday, 27 May 2019

Sew Free for Summer: The Rebecca Page Blog Tour

I have troubles fitting into store bought corsets thanks to my smaller bust and bigger caboose. 

I knew when I saw the FREE Rebecca Page Patsy Dress pattern that one day I would remake my wedding dress based off of the Patsy pattern. 

It wasn't until recently that I thought I'd love to hack the pattern into a corset top. 

Today, it's all about the Rebecca Page Sew Free for Summer Blog Tour.  I mashed together the original FREE Patsy Party Dress bodice with its Mermaid Skirt Add On.

I had a beautiful reddish dress that I wore for a wedding a decade ago.  I will never be a size 2 again. But the dress was too pretty not to use again. 

So I cut it up.

I also needed to alter the Patsy pattern to make it into corset/top length. 

I took the bodice pattern, and corresponding Skirt pattern from the Patsy Pattern Add-On pack, and clipped them together. 

Make sure to overlap the pattern pieces by 1/2" (seam allowance) so the curve of the pieces is correct. 

I then measured an extra 9" onto the skirt portion of the pattern to make the bodice hit my hip bone. 

How did I come up with 9"?  I put the bodice pattern piece on the appropriate area on me, took a tape measure, measured down from the bottom of the bodice portion of the pattern, and figured 9" would give me enough for an 1" bottom hem.

I then traced the two clipped pattern pieces onto a few pieces of computer paper, labelled the pattern, and repeated for the other 4 pieces. 

So I now have revised Center Front, Side Front, Side Back, and Back Pieces - all top length 

I started my sewing day the traditional Canadian way:

I then cut out my pattern pieces...during which, I realized there wasn't quite enough fabric from my old dress. 

So I improvised. 

I had a cotton fabric similar in reddish colour, and some black and silver lace fabric...cut both out of the front side pattern pieces, and basted the lace on top of the boring cotton fabric. 

They are now treated as one piece.  

I also lacked enough exterior fabric for my back I sewed together two pieces for each side, and covered the seam with some black lace.

I then followed the pattern instructions to create the exterior, interlining, and lining of the top. 

Oh yes, I also lacked enough of the same colour fabric for the interlining and lining - so used what I had on hand. 

I continued following the bodice instructions until it got to the skirt part. 

With no skirt, I had to hem the bottom and also shorten the width of the back panel for the corset back. 

I wrapped the top around myself, and gauged how much I would have to take off the panel, with enough room for an inch on either side where the grommets were going to be. 

Once I figured that out, I pinned the sides, and stitched 1/8" from the side, and 1" from the side to make a nice area for the grommets to be installed. 

After stitching the side, I then folded up and pinned the bottom hem, and the bottom hem was done. 

Grommet time!  

Most grommet packs have instructions on them  - follow the instructions. 

Side note: These took me some time, as there are 7 on either side, and I had to carefully bore out 14 holes - through 3 layers of fabric. 

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I also added in some lingerie elastic where the original sleeve placement marks were - and reused the original straps that came with the dress.  

This way, I can either have straps, or remove them if I don't want them. 

And that's how to make a top length AND corset version of the Patsy Party Dress. 

The Patsy Party Dress Pattern is FREE here.

And the Patsy Party Dress Add-On, where I was able to fully draft a nice curved top bottom is here.

I've paired mine with my Pippa Pants for a more casual look, and you can make the top just a top with zip back as per the original pattern, or add the corset into the dress!  

Pair the top with the Stevie Skirt or High Low Skirt for another fun two piece ensemble.  The choices are endless!


More Inspiration

Please visit all the stops on the Rebecca Page Sew Free for Summer Blog Tour for more great inspiration:


We will be giving away a pattern bundle of choice each day PLUS an overall grand prize of a $50 pattern credit. To stand a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on each blog, each day so stay tuned to the Rebecca Page Sewing group for updates from our bloggers!

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  1. I love a good pattern hack.

  2. Wow! Love the lace accents.

  3. I struggled for a long time with strapless dresses...finally got it when I started using patterns with front, back, side front and side back pieces. Thanks for another option for me.

  4. Wow! You are so brave (cutting up your old dress) and hey it worked! I love it! Enjoy your amazing garment!

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  6. How clever! It looks great, I love the colour combo.

  7. That’s very creative!!!

  8. I love how you are frugal with your fabric, Crystal. Beautiful job upcycling. Your corset top turned out so pretty :)

  9. Cute!! I love upcycling too!!

  10. Great way to reuse fabric! Does the construction provide corset like support?

  11. I love everything about this... the hack, re-purposing the dress, the added lace, the grommet/laced up back, and wearing it with Pippa/s! Absolutely amazing!

  12. Well done! I loved reading your hack, so creative.

  13. I love what you did with the Patsy pattern.

  14. That's impressive! I'm not sure my skills are at that level!

  15. I need to get brave! I’m still a bit scared of swaying from the original pattern, but you’re inspiring me to give it a go!!

  16. I love top. You did a great job.

  17. What a great idea. Thanks for Sharing!

  18. Omg so clever! I’m very impressed because I struggle to follow the standard patterns let alone making it up ��

  19. Wow, that looks great! Hope to be able to do things like this one day.looks amazing.

  20. I love your ingenuity. It turned out great!

  21. Love this hack! The lace accent is beautiful!

  22. Such an ingenious idea, love how you worked your limited fabric ��

  23. Wow, very creative, great results.

  24. Wowza....never would have thought to make a corset, its beautiful.

  25. Very creative and resourceful! looks great!

  26. Wonderful way to use a much loved fabric that was already a garment. Nice job! g

  27. Great job thinking outside the box

  28. A great way to continue enjoying something you love and a great hack/makeover. Well done!

  29. That's one hack of a hack! Amazing!

  30. Love the lace up back of the sexy top!

  31. What an amazing hack! Also, love your Pippa <3

  32. What a fantastic way to reuse an old dress!

  33. What a great - and brave - idea! And the result is lovely!

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