One Dress, Three Ways III !

Ashley's Reader ReFash!
One Dress, Three Ways II !

Welcome to the FINAL CHAPTER in the saga of…


Yesterday’s dress was really awesome!  A lot of you said you wanted me to just stop what I was doing and leave it be.  For those people, all I can say is…

The Doctor understands how I feel.

The Doctor understands how I feel.

Time to get a choppin’!  :)

Don't worry.  It'll all be okay!

Don’t worry. It’ll all be okay!

I decided to turn this dress into a top, just to try and make it into something totally different from its previous incarnations.

That middle part is going to be the foundation of my new piece!  I folded the top raw edge under once, pinned it, and stitched it down!  I used a zigzag stitch so it would stay stretchy.



Remember the leftover side scraps from the second version of this dress?  I’m glad I saved them, as they were going to come in handy for this refash!  I cut them into two identical strips, folded them in half, then stitched them up!

Strip tease!

Strip tease!

I turned each of the fabric tubes inside-out and pinned them to the top of my new top!

So far, so good!

So far, so good!

Then, I stitched them down!

“Well that’s not very exciting!” you’re saying to yourself right now.   “Big whup!  A boring tank top!” you’re adding.

But wait…there’s more!  :)

I took the bottom high-low scrap and snipped a bit off the bottom.  Then, I folded the top edge under twice.

What do I have in mind?

What do I have in mind?

I ran this through my machine, using a straight stitch!

Hmmmmm...I wonder...

Hmmmmm…I wonder…

I grabbed my scissors and started snipping!

It's all becoming clear now, isn't it?

Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Snip.  Etc.

This took a while.

I pinned my new fringy thingy all the way around my new top like so:

Fun with fringe!

Fun with fringe!

For my final trick, I stitched it down with a zigzag!

It's all coming together!

It’s all coming together!

I wore the third version of this dress to California Dreaming where Erin and I consumed several ridiculously cheap drinks!

John Wayne aint got nothing on my fringe game, Hell no!  ;)

John Wayne aint got nothing on my fringe game, Hell no! ;)

When I say cheap, I mean cheap.  House liquor drinks are $1.95 apiece.  All the time.  Always!

This pleased us.

We are pleased!

We are pleased!

You may be cheap, but I love you all the same!

You may be cheap, but I love you all the same!

That’s it!  This is the last one!  The end of One Dress, Three Ways!


But I want to know which one was YOUR favorite version?

Was it Dress 1, Dress 2, or Top 3?  :)

Was it Dress 1, Dress 2, or Top 3? :)





  1. You are soooo creative! I wish I had half the vision you have…and a sewing machine wouldn’t hurt either! I love to see your fabulous thrift finds come to real life! You are awesome…Please KEEP POSTING!! I think I’m addicted.. ha!!

  2. For a conservative look ( for me, not you) I’d like #2with an even hem. That makes FOUR versions!

    • Haha! I should try to do a series of “How many pieces can I make from 1 dress?”. I could start with a normal dress, and work my way down to a bikini! LOL

  3. Ok, I loved yesterday’s dress and was sad to see it go, but this is cute! The placement of the straps is the best parts – such a flattering look for your shoulders. If you asked me before what I thought of shirts with fringe, I wouldn’t be for it. Great job, though, because I really like the fringe too! you did an amazing job with each look! I loved seeing new posts each day, too!


    • Thank you! I have realllllly narrow shoulders, so putting the straps close together gives the illusion of bigger ones. :)

  4. They are all wonderful, but I admit #2 was my favorite. You have me making dresses from 2 tee shirts. Pretty simple, but it’s a start.

  5. I love them all – you are so creative! Love the fringe on the top! I’d love to see what it would look like with a bead or two slid onto the end of each piece of fringe, then knotted!

      • I agree with the beads or something. I feel like it just needs a pop of color! But i love the style!

  6. i’m sorry. i can’t vote. i love love love the fit of dress two on you, but that shirt.!!!!! i love it so!!!

  7. I love them all, but I HAD TO vote for one soooo I chose the first one, the no-sew refash, because it’s so useful for lazybums like me! :D

    • Thank you! Now if ONLY I was as clever in the kitchen as YOU are! :)

  8. I <3 them all, but #2 edged out the others just slightly to win my vote.

  9. So I seriously love three, but I thought two looked best actually ON you, so I voted for it. But I think number 3 is the most creative refashion I’ve seen in a long time and I loved that! So it was hard…. I wish you could have bought two of that dress and been able to keep #2 and #3! :) Great job!!!

    • Thank you! #2 was a really good work dress, and I’ll miss it. Most of my work attire isn’t entirely grown-up looking.

  10. This was GREAT!! I love that it sparks the idea of looking at the same original blank slate in different ways.

  11. I love that you did three totally different things with one dress. So versatile. I voted for #2 not because of the hi-lo hem (not my thing but you pull it off!) but because the neckline and sleeve turned out great! I like the 1st and 3rd refashions too!

  12. Er. Ma. Gerd. You are a Whovian?!?!?!?!?!?!? Just when I thought you couldn’t get any more awesome…

  13. I applaud you! You definitely got me curious with your challenge 3 in 1. All three are fabulous. I think I like #3 the best. It definitely is you. I can see this being worn by many.

  14. I like the top but I loooove dress 2! You have inspired me to reuse and refashion! Thanks!

  15. You are just overflowing with talent. Maybe sell some cool leggings or purses on your blog. Your followers would support your ventures.

  16. It’s like a cute morning dress, a fancy mid-day cocktail dress, and a night on the town top.(: You got an entire day in one dress, lol!!!

  17. I’ve started reading you for a while now and you are really super inspired and you inspire people.
    My fav look of this dress is the 2nd one,followed closely by the fringed top, but I’m curious to find out which one is yours?:-)


    • Thank you! Tee hee…I shall reveal my top pic later! :)

  18. While #2 was gorgeous I must say….I loved the fringe! I adore that stuff (even if my wardrobe is sadly lacking) so #3 gets my vote!

  19. This whole series has been truly AWESOME! I’m not sure which version I liked the best, they were all pretty cool. Talk about getting your money’s worth out of $1! ;)

  20. Great job! It was a close tie for me between dress #2 and the fringe top…that was SUCH a great idea!

  21. This is a really cute top! I do love it, but I still think the second one was the best of all. You should find another dress to make one like it out of again. And then you should make it in my size and send it to me. :-)

    I think it’s so cool that you seem to do all this so effortlessly. Someday maybe I can, too! Thanks so much!

  22. You are one very cool lady. I absolutely lurve what you do, so inspirational. My favourite outfit was the tank…seriously COOL. The second dress with the uneven hem was a very close second.
    Anne xx

  23. Love, love, love. I would love to see this kind of refash with a pair of bottoms or just a solid fabric remnant. Could be fun… As always, fantastic work, I love following you and seeing how creative you are with something that just needs a little TLC. :) #2 gets my top vote!!!

  24. I loved the second dress. I had no idea what you could do next to wow us… LOL I should know better by now. Love the top too!

  25. Second one was definitely my favorite, but you’re forgiven due to the Doctor Who reference! ;)

  26. I don’t know what I love more the top or the fact that you quoted “Poppin’ Tags”…you dun Macklemore proud, you dun us proud!!! :D

  27. They all look good on you. I like some parts of each one. #1 is cute on your little body. #2 looks great wow what a difference it makes just redoing the neckline. #3 I really do like, however some of us have X Large top shelves, so tank straps have to be placed to cover bra straps. I know a lot of people dont care what they show, but that is not me. Keep up the good work. I love seeing these. Inspires me to try harder to make(or remake) things different.

  28. I get so much inspiration from your blog. It isn’t clothing but believe it or not your blog has inspired me to ‘refashion’ some old cheapo Ikea furniture – my sister was going to throw it away as it was looking a little tired and instead of having to buy new for my spare room I attacked the worn bits with sandpaper and paint and have given it a fabulous new lease of life with painted birds and stuff to match my theme. I have also refashed some small items of clothing and made use of them in other areas. I’m really starting to get into it.

    I can’t say I’m fond of the no-sew refashes because I’m a larger lady and things like that never work for me so I always prefer it when you get the sewing machine out. I LOVED the fringe you added for the last refash but I have to say the chunky straps didn’t float my boat much – you are quite a petite and delicate person and could have gotten away with much much tinier straps positioned further apart at the front – the fringe would have had a bigger impact I think. But that’s just my take on it.

  29. More, more…this is amazing. I have loved each outfit – but had to vote on number 3 since this allowed us to see just one more refashion…think how much wear there is in one (ugly oversized) dress.

  30. I voted for #2 because it’s a really flattering look on you, but #3 is really fantastic, as well! You have inspired me. I’m thinking of trying a refash on an old college t-shirt that I never wear and needs a little help.

  31. Love all of them…you certainly are one creative Deva….I am addicted to your the new idea of 3 fashions…..

  32. Holy Guacamole! You are an endless source of inspiration and fun! Thanks for sharing, B.

  33. Normally I’m not into fringe, but that top is amazing. Also, $2 liquor drinks? What?

  34. It’s like the rebirth of the phoenix with the third re-do. Love them all!

  35. Loved them all. Really love the new website too. Can’t wait for the next refash.

  36. I really adored the first. It was cute, easy, and there is nothing wrong with showing a little skin.

  37. Love the Fringe but my fave version is definitely the second one. Love how you were able to get some many looks out of one boring brown dress. Love it :)

  38. I too was cringing each time you changed this dress (my fave was the middle one!), but each piece was special and beautiful. Love getting your blog posts, makes my shopping experience at the thrift store so much more fulfilling. And I thank my mom who raised me (all on her lonesome), for teaching the magic that comes out of a sewing machine and my own two hands. Shout out to my amazing Mamma!

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