This is my favorite dress of my mom’s she used to wear when I was a child. Thankfully she offered it to me before putting it in a yard sale. It has a lot of sentimental value and it took a whole lot of courage to take the refashion plunge with it. But I did it and it’s over! Expels large sigh here.
First, I turned the dress inside out and took in the sides with a single stitch then a zig-zag stitch once I made sure the dress fit after pinning it.
Then I chopped off the sleeves at the hem. This left a cute cap-sleeve effect and plus I don’t have to hem since it’s already “hemmed” at the edge. And Mom, please don’t freak out. I know you’re thinking Barbies with no hair. I promise it looks great!
Next, I tried the dress on to figure out where I wanted the bottom of the dress to fall. Once I pinned the bottom to mark the hem, I laid the dress out flat on one side to measure how much to chop the skirt. It came to 18-inches. So I measured and pinned from the hem of the skirt up 18-inches on one side, pinned, and chopped. Then I laid the other side of the dress flat and used the chopped portion of the dress as my guide to cut the other side.
Either my Mom is totally okay and wondering why I think she may be freaking out or she’s totally freaking out right now.
Once the big chop was complete, I ran a single stitch across the bottom of the skirt to prevent any fringing or running. I did this to keep a more “flowy” effect to the dress.
And here’s the finished product:
I adore this dress.
It’s my new favorite. Especially for how simple it was to complete. Mostly just a bunch of chopping and single stitching. I’m actually kind of bummed that I waited so long to refashion it, but at least I can rest easy knowing that it came out as well as it did. I mean, I could have ridiculously botched it and deeply regretted it.
Linking up with the Refashion Co-op’s:
And Domestic Superhero’s Thursday Link Party:
Recent refashions that I love:
- 49-Cent Friday: Hi-Low Dress Refashion (diaryofamadmama.wordpress.com)
- Skirt Refashion (offsquare.wordpress.com)
- Anthropologie Pattern Pop Tee (www.merricksart.com)
- Q&A Monday: How to Refashion without a Dress Form (refashionista.net)