Dress Refashion (Tutorial)
What to do when a dear friend gives you a dress that's not quite your style...or size, or...anywhere near your size?
Like I did with this ginormous (apparently that really is a word now because my spell checker doesn't catch it. Amazing.) jumper that was given to me recently. I turned it into this lovely little sundress with a ruffled neckline.
It's so breezy and spring-like that I do believe it brought the sun out from our super cold and rainy spring all by itself!
(P.S. I just had to fit this in somewhere-these white shoes that I've been wearing the last few posts were only $.99 at Ross!! How amazing is that? I love discount stores.)
OK, back to the dress.
I wore it to church after I made it and I must have been complimented by half the people there! If they only knew, hm? :o) That's the great thing about sewing, it's like having a magic wardrobe wand in your pocket.
I see dresses like this all the time at the thrift store, I wish I'd thought to refashion one before! You might even have something like this in your closet right now! These 90's prints are back like crazy, they just need a little loving update. :O)
Do you have a dress sitting in your closet to re-work? If not, hit the thrift store! There are tons there waiting to be rescued.
Here's the how-to:
- Start with a long sheath dress. If your dress is too big, like mine was, you'll want to take in the sides. Just turn your dress inside-out and sew down the sides, following the original shape of the dress.
- Then you'll want to try on the dress and find the right hem length for you. Add an inch or two to that, and cut off the excess evenly.
- Use the part you trimmed off to cut a 4" strip, 1.5-2x your neckline measurement. Be sure to use the hemmed edge so you don't have to hem your ruffle.
- Serge or zig-zag the raw edge of your 4" strip, hem the two ends and then gather it into a ruffle. Pin your ruffle to your neckline (wrong side of ruffle should face right side of dress) and sew on!
Isn't that an easy refashion?
And what a dramatic difference!
I hope that gets your mind reeling of fun things to alter. Once you get started, it's hard to stop!