This week I’ll show you how to lengthen a short dress in a different way.
I bought this dress from F21(stripes and mint? how can I say no?) and put it through the wash cycle. When it came out, this is how it looked.
I went back to the store to see if they would exchange it, but they pointed out that on the tag it said, “hand wash only”. Shucks, my bad! So I bought another same exact dress and took it home with me(the dress was only $10 each).
I cut the torn part off.
Then cut the bottom length of the other dress to attach it.
And sewed the bottom part onto the original dress.
Then I got a fitting dress and traced it with a disappearing ink pen.
And sewed along the traced line. And you’re done!
What you’ll need:
– two of the same dress/fabric
-disappearing ink pen
-a dress you like the fit of.
Estimated time: 30 mins.
Project cost: moderate(mine was a little over $10)
Skill level: a confident beginner
the after photos by Jessica Peterson.
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Lovely the extra bonus being that you get a blue and white striped top too out of the one you cut from 🙂
Erica Louise says
Beautiful, thanks for the tip on how to do this, I need to get an invisible pen! Mint green and white look perfect on you, love your shoes too, where are they from?
You should make a shirt out of the second dress!
Thank you! The shoes are from Zara. 🙂
Lucia Bara says
I came to invite you to join my mosaic "trip back in time" is pretty cool.
So cute Sarah! And it looks so comfy too. I'm ready for some serious Arie drama tonight on the bachelorette!
Sparkle and Co says
Thank you for sharing this! That inspire me now… I have some ideas with my old not hubby t-shirts
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Very cute, the dress looks so much better after you fitted it to your shape and the added on length makes it look so much more interesting. Good job. Love the shoes by the way. Lucky woman, if I saw my husband vacuum i'd probably faint from the shock!
Such a smart idea! And I love the shape of it now. very cute
oooh i love it i love it.
Janey - UtValleyFoodie says
I love this! Pinning it…..
That is a fab transformation… I'm not currently the right shape (ahem!) for a fitted dress like that but you have inspired me to have good look at clothes I already have that could be altered in a similar way… hmmm, I foresee a fun weekend coming up:)
Great work on those dresses! – such a shame one didn't survive the wash – but I love how you saved it!! 🙂
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Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
I plan on making a mini dress for my daughter with it! 🙂
Very very nice! You can't even see the seam unless you're looking hard.
Susan Chesney says
You are just a beautiful woman with great ideas! Love that you contoured the dress…several of mine could use the same treatment. I always wondered if it would make the dress difficult to put on if I "slimmed" it…I guess it depends on how stretch the fabric is. Love that you are make a mini dress for your girl. Where did you get your gorgeous SHOES?!
Thank you, you are too kind! And if it's really stretchy or have a zipper, slimming it should be no problem. 🙂 and the shoes are from Zara.
thank you everyone for your comments, I appreciate it!
I have been meaning to comment that I absolutely love the mint stripes and sleeves on this dress and I love that you were able to slim and lengthen it. Now im on the hunt for the same dress at f21 🙂 looks so good on you!
found your blog searching pinterest for tips on how to lengthen a dress. OMG this is adorable! Your blog is awesome, all the sewing, refashion, modestify posts are so great! and I love how you're REAL about motherhood.
Question if you have time to give input: I have a Polo dress that's just a smidge too short…I'm trying to decide if I'd be able to lengthen it kinda like this, if I found the same color fabric, or if I should just go for a contrasting look. Or if adding fabric just wouldn't work at all because the fabric is not like a normal dress, it's the unique meshy polo shirt fabric? Do you think there's anything that could work?
You are so sweet, I am so happy you found my blog! Thank you for your sweet, encouraging words as well, it means a lot to me.
About the polo dress, I personally would prefer a same color fabric to lengthen, but if you can't find the same color fabric, a colorblock would work as well, but just make sure it's the same mesh fabric or it would look tacky. Best luck with your DIY and I would love to see pictures when you're finished!