Hello everyone and happy New Year!

For my first 2018 post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network I chose to make something very special and close to my heart. It started as an experiment but I fell in love with it in the end!

I decided to hack the Gable top by Jennifer Lauren into a bodycon type dress. And this is the result!

The Gable top is a very simple but very elegant retro inspired pattern, easy to make even if you are a beginner. It has a slash neck and various sleeve options. I had previously made it into a top and I really liked it! To turn it into a dress, I basically lengthened the top by 45cm. I added this extra length to both the front and back pattern pieces and cut them out. I have relatively small hips, so I didn’t have to make any other alterations. If you have slightly larger hips, you may have to consider adding some extra cm to the width to accommodate them.

As for the fabric I used, this Art Gallery Jersey Fabric from Minerva Crafts. It is such a great quality jersey, I already washed it a few times and it still looks good as new! It was easy to work with and the pattern is just so unique, don’t you think?

This dress is a size 10 and it fits me like a glove. I took in the sleeves to make them a bit tighter, but other than that I made no alterations. I also made this dress in a blue ponte and in a size 12 for the days I’m not feeling very slim. This is it, if you want to take a look!

I love layering my Gable dress with a handmade cardigan, like my mustard yellow Carrie. Such a good combo for winter! I hope you like this hack!

Happy and creative 2018,

Athina