Dresses have always been some of my favorite things to refashion - they usually can go from outdated or oversized (often both..) to adorable and fitting perfectly with a few well-placed cuts and seams! I'm no expert seamstress, either. I just dabble along, and sometimes magic happens! Beginning sewing is usually all it takes. Dabble with me!
I bought this dress a couple weeks ago at Deseret Industries for $4! I liked it because it was oversized (extra fabric to work with!), and woven in between the black and white gingham pattern are rainbow threads (except you can't tell in pictures. boo.). It makes the dress so exciting! Also, I really needed/need more nursing-friendly dresses for church...sometimes I'm not in the mood
to match a skirt and top. Dresses are the bomb, am I right, or am I right?! Anyways...
Here it is in all its unaltered glory! It was shapeless (we're talking bad muumuu) and too big, with an unflattering length on my 5'4" bod and a bad collar and sleeves. But it had potential!
I don't have a full tutorial with awesome pictures for you, but here's a rundown of what I did to this dress!
1. Remove bodice from skirt and sleeves from bodice
2. Take in bodice on sides to fit, and shorten to hit waistline
3. Regather skirt to fit smaller bodice, and reattach - being sure to line up button front so it's still usable!
4. Cut sleeves to a more capped length, hem, and reattach to bodice.
5. Cut collar off into a scoop neckline. Hem.
6. Try on dress and mark where you want skirt to hit your leg (with the new waistline!), and cut off excess length. Hem.
7. Remove gross brown shell buttons and replace with adorable blue ones
8. Add pockets to side seams
9. Whip up a matching headband for your little from excess fabric, and voila! You're ready to rake in the compliments!
Let me know what you think!
Hey there! My name is Kirstie. I'm here to jot down what it's like for us to make our way in the world - having fun on a budget, refashioning and DIY-ing our hearts out, pursuing business ventures, and raising a sweet babe in this crazy world. Join me for a slightly haphazard journaling of my little family and our pursuits and adventures!