11.19.2012

DIY: thrift dress to origami peplum dress

I was a part of the Refashionista series with I am momma, hear me roar blog(check it out here), and this is the project I submitted.  I went to the thrift store twice and went to a bunch of stores, hoping to find something I can refashion but had no luck!  Discouraged, I went through my "I need to work on this...some day" file, and decided to go along with this dress I picked up this past Spring.  


I purchased this dress at a thrift store for $4.  At first glance I cringed a bit, but saw the potential with the beautiful neon green/yellow color and the polka dot fabric, so I brought it home with a goal to make it not cringe-worthy.



INSTRUCTIONS:
*not pictured, but cut the bottom length of the dress as well and hem the bottom.

and you're done!


AFTER:
dress: thrift(DIY'ed) | colorblock t-strap heels: oasap 


Estimated time: 2.5 hours
Budget: $4
Skill level: intermediate to advanced



The peplum design was inspired by this skirt
I did another thrift dress to a peplum dress here.  

42 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! I'd buy this in store ;) You've inspired me to learn to sew.

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    1. You have stitched this dress so well.. you have stitched this very professional and the procedure of dress cutting is awesome...
      http://www.apparelnbags.com/harriton/index.htm

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  2. Anonymous11/19/2012

    This is really very creative!! and skillful!
    You are very talented!

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  3. love it!! really cute!i enjoy sewing! im in the process of making all my guys pajama bottoms for christmas!

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  4. An amazing transformation! Beautiful!

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  5. This came out so cute. You did a beautiful job.
    Debi

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  6. Wow. This is such an improvement. From lazy housewife to designer.

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  7. wow, it looks awesome. I love the vintage feel that it has! I would be honored if you shared this at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!

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  8. Amazing work! You have really great sewing skills... I love the origami idea!!

    Regards,
    lici

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  9. Wow! It is a phenomenal idea. You have great skills on stretching and I really appreciate it. I don’t know whether I can do it perfectly as you, but I’m going to try this.

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    1. I don't do it perfectly either, it takes me a few tries to get it just right. :) Best luck with yours!

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  10. How creative! You did a fantastic job remaking that one!

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  11. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    -Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  12. That is gorgeous! I absolutely love your blog and am excited to follow it.

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you! It means a lot to me!

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  13. What a gorgeous makeover! I love it! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  14. this is an amazing transformation!!! well done!

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  15. Well, you wouldn't think this is the same dress, what a transformation. Brilliant.

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  16. Absolutely stunning, you've done an amazing job!

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  17. Looks amazing afterwards,thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays :)

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  18. wow! You are a genius! That is so so lovely. I found your blog via "Creative Mondays Share Your Pose Blog Hop" and I am now following you. I'd love you to check out my blog sometime. xxx Rose from Milkymoles Makeup & Plus Size Musings

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    1. I'm off to check out your blog now, thanks for your comment!

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  19. Absolutely Adorable!! I love the extra touches you put on the dress!

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  20. Holy crapper that's awesome! Nice transformation!!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you guys are doing well, it's been forever! :)

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  21. Oh my goodness, you are a pro! Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing it at our linky party at http://www.fineCraftGuild.com

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  22. A girl after my own heart - I too love to op shop and recycle clothing into all sorts of things. Every time I look at your blog I am amazed. Pop over to my blog if you get a chance and have a look.

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  23. Wow! Great makeover! :-)

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  24. Wow! This dress is boss. So fabulous.

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  25. Amazing job! Looks like designer clothing

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  26. Great diy! Do you also use a serger at the end?

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  27. I absolutely love this! I am obsessed with peplums and am collecting some clothes to refashion like this. Thanks for the inspiration and I love your blog :), Cuc - http://cupofthreads.blogspot.com

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  28. This is amazing - I am so impressed!!

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  29. Unbelievable! I's fantastic.
    Ciao
    Norma
    http://voglioilmondoacolori.blogspot.it/

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  33. Good job! Looks as a designer clothing

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  34. Can you explain the side darts part a bit more? thank you!

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  35. This is so amazing. I have already posted on another of your refashions
    Would you mind me featuring this refashion on SSB. I feature the before and after photo, then direct them to your page to find out how it is done.
    https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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