A New Blue Dress ReFashion! 2
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A New Blue Dress ReFashion!

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When I found this crisp blue dress, I completely fell for the pin-tucked & buttoned neckline.

A New Blue Dress ReFashion! 4
Trust me. This is my “I’m in love” face.

Sadly, this dress is a poor fit for me, and the length is awful.  :/  Plus, it was coming apart at the seams!

dress coming apart at seams
C’mon dress! Get it together!

Luckily, this is a pretty straightforward and simple refash.  🙂  By taking my new dress in on the sides, I fixed the hole problem.

Pinning each side of dress
Just an inch or so on each side. 🙂
messy sewing table
My sewing table is a disaster area right now!

After I took it in and chopped off the extra fabric from the sides with my pinking shears, I tried my dress on, and pinned it where I wanted the hem to go.  

More chopping followed!

Now we're getting somewhere!
Now we’re getting somewhere!

I hemmed that raw edge and gave the whole thing a nice and thorough press!

I think my new dress looks like it could have jumped out of ModCloth or Shabby Apple (two of my favorite inspiration sites), but you can be the judge!

blue dress refashion after
Positively ModClothian!
Close-up of that awesome neck detailing!
Closeup of that awesome neck detailing!

I wore my fun vintage-y frock for a night with friends, both human and canine!  🙂

Why so serious?
Why so serious?
Meet Chester!  I kind of wanted to steal him...
Meet Chester! I kind of wanted to steal him…

Cheers!

blue dress refashion before and after
dress refashion before and after

34 Comments

  • softbats

    could you really not have left that for a chubby girl to find and love and maybe refash herself considering how few cool things there are in larger sizes in thrift stores, could you not consider something like that the next time you’re thrifting and you hold up some HILARIOUSLY HUGE FROCK! to tear apart, maybe think about the ethics of taking cheap cute clothing out of the hands of people who have way fewer clothing options ???

    • ReFashionista

      Are you serious? Of all the battles to pick, you’re choosing this one? If you read my “about” section, you’ll see that I’m more concerned about the ethics of unfair labor practices and the impact of fast fashion on the environment than worrying about someone projecting their issues and ire on me.

      I’m not trying to be glib. I’m responding to you because I feel like we could have an intellectual dialog about this.

      I don’t know where you live, but I live in South Carolina. In the deep south, Plus Size is average size (you can look up statistics on this if you wanna). What this means is, thrift store castoffs are mostly plus sized as well. Ergo, a lot of the stuff I end up using is plus sized.

      The reasons I started doing the whole refashioning thing are: I was poor and couldn’t afford new stuff, I was in a creative rut, I didn’t want to buy unethically made fashion (child labor, etc), and I couldn’t find anything in thrift stores that fit me. Like I said, scrawny is the minority here.

      If I see a Plus Size dress on the rack that looks cute as-is, I leave it. There’s no challenge in just taking something in like that. I try to go for really dated 80’s shoulder padded stuff. And a lot of what I use actually isn’t plus sized. Take the blue kaftan that keeps showing up on Tumblr. That’s actually a size Medium. It’s just meant to be loose and comfy.

      Here’s the thing. I want to inspire Plus Size ladies to refashion too. And I get a lot of animosity from that community. I tried to offer a “Reader Refash” segment, but hardly any Plus Size ladies contributed.

      So, I’m hoping you can help me turn this negative into a positive. How can I encourage the Plus Size community to get on the refashion bandwagon to help the environment, be ethical, and take a fun creative approach to fashion and style? I’m dead serious about this. I want your input. I don’t want the refashion blogosphere to just be a thin girl’s game, because I don’t think it needs to be.

  • Dena

    I have been following your blog for a year or so and I think this is my favorite refash so far! You’re inspiring me to refash some things!

  • Mari

    I love this!!
    Ya’ know..I gotta tell ya’, I’ve been following you for a while now and I actually bought a dress form. Can’t wait to use it for the first time!! Thanks for all your great ideas. You rock!

  • Erin

    I so would love to be able to refashion like you do! But alas, I find it difficult to find items that need new life that are even big enough to start out! I am 5’11” and quite busty, like DDD busty….have you done anything that could be “loosey goosey” since I am also currently breastfeeding too, and I can’t seem to find anything that isn’t a $40 maternity or nursing top!

      • Erin

        Awesome! Oh, and I happen to live less than an hour south of Texas Thrift Store…and I would LOVE to go thrift store shop hopping with you. Especially since Texas Thrift does a half off sale around holidays….

        • D

          Erin, I’m the same size as you (5″10, G cup!) and you can find things. Look in clearance racks in plus size sections of regular retail stores & at Goodwill. I’ve seen things.

  • Krystal

    Aww man that dress is the color of my boys football team! I’m gonna have to keep my eyes peeled for a similar color refashion opertunity!

  • Amber

    This is such a pretty one! Great job. I wish I had the eye that you do for what a piece of clothing has the potential to become. I’m working on it though!

  • Courtney

    Hands down my favorite refashion ever! And I’m picky!
    You have inspired me to do sooo much more with my time, I will be forever greatful.

  • knockoffcrafter

    Want!!! That looks SO cute. It definitely looks like something you could find at Modcloth (one of my absolute favorites) for a significant chunk of change. The neckline is so cute and vintage.

    Also – LOVE the shoes!

    Cara
    knockoffcrafts.wordpress.com

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