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A Cowl Back Conversion

An "It'll do for work." Dress
Cameo Dress

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!”

Not too shabs!
Not too shabs!


But then I looked a little closer…


See it?
See it?


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:

Ahhhhhh!  Much better already!
Ahhhhhh! Much better already!


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!

But first, I needed to restitch the top of the elastic waist that had come undone.


...like Duran Duran.
…like Duran Duran no more!


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 we're talkin'!
Now we’re talkin’!


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.


No big.
No big.


Next, 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:


Just playing around a bit...
Just playing around a bit…


Then I did this!






I stitched down those parts I pinned at the front.


Once again, using a zigzag.
Once again, using a zigzag.


The back was left drapey.  🙂

And here’s my new top!


My shoulders are now draft-free!
My shoulders are now draft-free!


Le back!
Le back!


Amauri thought my new top was pretty swell too!


Love this fella right here.  :)
Love this fella right here. 🙂


I had a blast wearing my new top at Soda City’s Oktoberfest!


They juuuust might...
They juuuust might…








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