When I found this frock on the 50 cent sale rack at the Goodwill near my house, I thought, “Wow! A dress I don’t even have to refashion!”
But then I looked a little closer…
Here. Let me help you out a bit.
Do you see the bizarre patched-up crotch hole?
HOW DID THAT GET THERE? WHYYYYYYY? And WHY am I so terrified of the implications of said crotch hole? :/
Step 1: Cut off everything below that weird hole!
I don’t know about you guys, but I feel much better now!
So, I could have reattached that bottom bit to the newly crotch-hole-less bit, but the temps here have dropped, and I definitely need more shoulder coverage now!
Next, I needed to restitch the top of the elastic waist that had come undone.
Then, I had that bottom raw edge to tend to.
I used a straight stitch for this, but it was quite finicky with the weirdo stretchy knit of this fabric. I SHOULD have used a tight zigzag, as it would have saved me a bit of frustration.
I promptly reset my machine for the remainder of this refashion!
Now for that bottom scrap!
First, I unpicked the hastily hand-sewn hem that was already in place.
I commend the effort, but I wanted something a tad sturdier for my new top!
Then, I pinned a new hem for each side of the scrap.
I stitched each hem down.
But now what? I’m going to be a bit chilly without some upper arm coverage, no?
I took that scrap and did this with it:
Then I did this!
I stitched down those parts I pinned at the front.
The back was left drapey. 🙂
And here’s my new top!
Amauri thought my new top was pretty swell too!
I had a blast wearing my new top at Soda City’s Oktoberfest!