What I look for when I’m shopping at thrift stores with the intent to refashion, is the color of the fabric, the fabric itself, and features that I really like, such as pleats on the skirt part of this dress. I really like this teal green color and don’t have any dresses this color, and the fabric seemed sturdy and easy to work with, and the pleats & lace I loved the details of. Shoulder pads, giant collars, and the old buttons were not on the list. 😉
I took out the collar, the lace, the buttons.
Separated the front and the back piece to get rid of the waste part of the dress.
cut the sleeves off and made it into short sleeves.
cut off the tear drop part of the lace.
sewed the lace onto the hem of the sleeves. It was the perfect length!
necklace: ChloeDavidLA c/o
What you’ll need:
– outdated dress
– matching thread
– needle or sewing machine
1. Take off the lace, the collars, and the buttons.
2. Separate the front and back piece of the dress.
3. Cut off the waist part and sew the top & bottom back on.
4. Sew the front and the back piece back together.
5. Take off 3″ from both sides of the dress.
6. Cut the bottom of the dress to make it knee length. Hem the bottom.
7. Cut the sleeves off, cut it into short sleeves, pleat the shoulder part of the sleeves, and sew the sleeves on.
8. Sew on the lace onto the bottom part of the sleeves.
9. Sew the v-neck line higher.
Estimated time: 2 hrs.
Budget: very low(mine was $9).
Skill level: A confident beginner to intermediate .
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