Two-piece Dress

Two-piece-Dress(Thanks to my lovely sister—above—who is a much better and more enthusiastic model than I am.)

I knew at the beginning of the summer that I wanted to make a two-piece dress. Preferably of the non-midrift-bearing variety.

Inspirationa) Legend & Song Dutch Wax Separates at Anthropologie
b) Thakoon RTW Spring 2015
c) Disco Floral Matching Separates at Pixie Market

I had a pretty good idea of the silhouette I wanted to create: a looser top, and a gathered skirt with a high waistband. I went through my vintage patterns and found this juniors dress from the 60s (Simplicity 3541). The vest-thing (shown over a dress on the pattern envelope) worked perfectly as my top.

pattern

And… I just winged (past-tense of wing?) the skirt. It’s very basic: two rectangles of fabric (one for the waistband and one for the skirt itself) and a zipper in the back. This is a good tutorial for making this type of skirt without a pre-existing pattern.

2-piece-dress-side-by-side

The material itself is a cotton print that I picked up at a thrift store. The back of the top wraps around to the front and snaps in place. The snaps are hidden by two vintage buttons that I purchased at an antique store.

two-piece-dress_detail

The best part? Because this dress is technically separates, it’s easy to mix and match them with other pieces:

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