Posts Tagged ‘strapless dress refashion’

A Sunburnt Strapless Dress

I love dark blue!  I think it’s a good color for me and it really works with the pale skin/dark hair combo I’ve got going on.  :)

Love it!

Love it!

What I don’t love is the terribly dated look of this frock!  With that high neck and those puffy sleeves I’d die of heat exhaustion.  That cool v-pattern and those awesome buttons won me over, though!  :)

This dress fit me just fine.  But lots of things had to go!

I started with that neck tie thingy.

Snnnnip!

Snnnnip!

That one little snip led me to a chopping frenzy!

CHOP ALL THE THINGS!!!

CHOP ALL THE THINGS!!!

As you can see, I chopped off a little extra from the sides.  This meant I needed to stitch them right back up!

Pin.  Stich.  Repeat.

Pin. Stitch. Repeat.

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

Now that I’ve gotten those sides together, it’s time to figure out the top!

I pinned the top part over once and pinned it down, making sure to keep the alignment of the cool V-shaped folds.

Gimme a V!

Gimme a V!

When stitching something like this down on your machine, you’ll want to make sure the direction you’re sewing in isn’t going against the direction of the detail you’re sewing down.   For me, this meant starting my stitchery at the front middle, stopping at the back, then starting again, with the top facing the other way.

 

See?

See?

I stitched the top down with a zigzag stitch so it would be able to stretch.  If the fabric wasn’t as stretchy, I’d want to add elastic.  Luckily, I didn’t need to!

My new dress was perfect for my sadly sunburned skin!  I tossed on a $1 thrifted belt to break up the solid color a bit and make my new dress more springy!  :)

Straps would not do!  Yowch!

Straps would not do! Yowch!

I went tubing down the river with pals over the weekend.  And forgot to apply sunscreen.   :(  It was pretty miserable…

Not.  Fun.  Times.  :/

Not. Fun. Times. :/

…and you can’t even see the worst of it (be glad!)!

After languishing at home all day slathering myself in aloe goo in between cold showers, I desperately needed to get out of the house!

Luckily, The Kraken was having one of their awesome $2 beer sales!  I met up with a friend to check it out!  :)

$2!

$2!

Soooo "hoppy" to not be stuck at home anymore!

Soooo “hoppy” to not be stuck at home anymore!

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Oh!  And thanks to everyone who voted in my One Dress, Three Ways series!

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Lucky Dress #2 was the winner,

Sassy, no?

Sassy, no?

 

followed by Top #3

dressafter

(although plenty of you gave Dress #1 some no-sew love too!)

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Thanks for voting!  I’ll DEFINITELY be doing something like this again!

Cheers!