I’ve recently been helping a bride-to-be friend pick out her bridesmaids dresses. I have a bit of a vested interest as I’m maid of honour, but luckily she’s a stylish bride who I know won’t put me in a pistachio meringue. On my hunt, I discovered Dessy’s ‘Twist Wrap Dress’ (left, in purple) which set alarm bells ringing. It’s a convertible dress – essentially a tube with very long, wide straps that you can wrap however you like. Sure, it looks beautiful, but it’s $268, and bears a striking resemblance to a craftster project I’ve been following for months, which can be made for a few quid.
The dress is literally sewn from four pieces and can be made by even the most amateur of crafters. There are some great examples of how the dress has been used for bridesmaids and formalwear, but my favourite is a white version used as a graduation dress. I can even imagine this one as an informal wedding gown.