Summer dress makeover.

28 Jun

I love New Dress A Day and love the whole idea of remaking and reusing all sorts of things, but have never seen the perfect thrift store piece to work on.  Until now!  I grabbed this dress for cheap (under $5) and almost thought I could wear it as is.  But no.


A bit of a bag that wasn’t helped with lifting and belting and the usual ideas to save a garment.  What it did have was a lovely soft cotton/rayon blend with a nice drape and “hand” plus sequins and beading!

So this was a simple case of making an unflattering dress into a nice skirt.


It was nice and even, so it was easy to just draw a straight line across the dress. And it was wide enough to go over my hips so a simple elastic waist was going to be easy.  I turned the raw edge under 1/4″ then the width of the elastic I was going to put in and stitched around leaving a spot for inserting the elastic.  Inserted the elastic and stitched it down in a few places so it wouldn’t roll.  One issue I had was stitching over a couple of beads at the very top of the design.  I ended up sewing the area with the beaded side up so I could carefully guide the needle over and around the beads.  If it was a lot of beading, I would have removed the beads from the area I had to sew on.


And now I have a great skirt to go with my red shoes!

One Response to “Summer dress makeover.”

  1. demoiselle July 5, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Nice skirt! I flipped through that book in a store the other day, and ended up not getting it because when I thirft shop, I’m usually looking for that nice, wool, tailored suit that already fits me just right . . . I worry that if I get something just to sew it up differently, it’ll sit in a bag on my craft room floor. You’ve given me something to think about.

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