I shop at Target at least once a week. Whether I’m out of shampoo, dog food, or I’ve suddenly ran out of soy milk, Tarjay has my back! I always check out their clothes too…because…well…they have a lot of really cute stuff.
One such cute thing is this lovely maxi dress with grosgrain ribbon straps!
Now…doesn’t that look like just about the most comfy/classy summer maxi you’ve seen?
Here. Take a closer look at those straps!
The closest thing I had in my refashion stash was this suuuuper-long maxi dress that was also originally from Target.
WAIT! What the!?! That’s right, guys! I’ve got a new ‘do! Robin over at Bombshell Studio chopped my mass of tresses into a much more manageable bob! 🙂
Alright…back to the refash! 🙂
My first step for this refashion was cutting a small strip from the bottom of the dress, like so:
The biggest thing I needed to change on this dress was the strappage! Luckily, I had a roll of grosgrain ribbon in my stash. I chopped off a section from each of the straps. This is where the ribbon will go.
Before I started with the ribbon, I really needed to change the neckline to make it more of a cowl, like on the original. To do this, I cut off the hemmed edge of the neckline and stretched it out.
Now for the ribbon! Okay…if I tried to just pin and sew the ribbon onto the dress, the feed dogs on my machine would pull one part more than the other, causing a bunched-up mess. BUT, if I stabilize it, it’ll work just fine! To accomplish this task, I reached for a roll of medical tape from when I had to tape up my broken toe a couple of months ago!
I just stitched right over the tape, then pulled it off when I was done! And whaddyaknow? It did the trick! 🙂
After my straps were attached, I still needed to take in the top a tad to make the arm holes not quite so gapey.
After trimming off that extra fabric and tying the bottom strip around my waist, my copycat was complete! 🙂
I was pretty happy with my new frock.
My new haircut and my new dress kept me quite comfy and cool for an evening with friends! 🙂