Day 30: Stenographer Dress

Day 31: Window Shopping Dress
Day 29: Water Park Tee

Today’s dress began its life looking like this:

Whoa Nelly!

It actually began looking worse than this, as it had tons of coffee stains all down the front that took several washings to get out.  Don’t worry.  I’m gonna fix this.  :)

First off, I removed that neck tie thingy with my seam ripper.

Buh Bye!

And those sleeves?  Gone!

Chop and Chop!

Then, I took in the sides a good bit.  This actually ended up taking a couple of tries to get it fitted juuuust right.  No biggie.  It’s much better to not take in enough and have to do it again than to take in too much and have to unpick your seam.


Now my new dress was beginning to take shape. :)

I decided to turn the front of this dress into the back of the dress and vice versa.  The button-down front didn’t have quite enough fabric for what I had in mind.

I did a bit more cutting to completely change the neckline.  Do you see where I’m going here yet?

Changing it up!

I pinned down my raw edges, except for the very top of my dress.

Pinny Pinny!

I sewed my raw edges down, and then made a casing for my new halter dress.  :)


Yay!  Almost done!  I sewed the raw edges of the neck tie thingy back in and used it to tie my new halter dress!  :)

Much Better!
The Back!

Look at the end of the sash that’s on the right.  See the safety-pin?  Yeah…that’s what I used to thread the sash into the casing.  I should have remembered to remove it (eep).  Luckily, my coworker told me about it at 3:00 in the afternoon, after I’d been sporting it all day.  Oy.  All this refashioning has made me scatterbrained!


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18 thoughts on “Day 30: Stenographer Dress

  1. Thank goodness it’s a safety pin! When I saw it in my photo (maybe not so clear) I thought it was cancer. Phew!

  2. Hi! My first comment- but I’ve been reading for quite a while. You are inspiring me! Thanks for sharing. Now the weird part: Today I saw a simple dress with a halter like that, wondering if I could copy it with my (limited) sewing skills, and I thought “le refashionista could do it”- and there it is!! And last week it happened twice (I work with elderly people) that I looked at frumpy clothes my patients were working, and thought “could be a cool tunic/dress/top” ;-)
    I’m addicted….

  3. When I saw the first shot I was a bit anxious as to what you could do with such a horrible dress. I should have trusted you – love the new look (even the safety pin…you never know when you´ll need one!).

  4. That is an amazing refashion. I am reading backwards from the end of your Journey. I am surprised that it was left long. but it is so very cute even long.

  5. I had no hopes for that dress at first…especially after you mentioned the stubborn stains!!!! {i would have given up after 2 washings…} But, WOW, that is a fabulous transformation, & the blue belt is just perfect with it!! …I, too, would probably have shortened it a LITTLE bit…but not much. ;-)

  6. wow, that looks amazing! my grandma still has a dress like that and offered it to me -i thought it was a lost cause!
    but now i know what i can do with it, and maybe to other dresses like this i find at the goodwill store :)

  7. I love this! But, I would have made it a bit shorter. You can wear dresses above the knees and you look great when you make dresses above the knee!

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