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Allagash Dress to Top Refashion

A New Years' Eve 1970s Formal Dress Refashion
Scrap-Busting DIY Infinity Scarf

As I’ve mentioned before, I have far more dresses than I do separates. This becomes a problem when I have a hankering to wear pants, but don’t want to look like a toddler by wearing a dress over them. 😉

This means it’s time to show a little restraint and make a few tops for the colder weather.

On this slightly chilly evening, I chose this dress.

dress to top refashion before

It’s about time I got to this one, as it’s been languishing on that rack for over a year!

I thought it would look dated if I kept it as a dress, so without much thought, I gave it a chop!

cutting off bottom of dress

Usually, I don’t make a chop before the taking-in process, as the end result pretty much always ends up being way shorter than you intended. But this was a very conservative chop just to keep me from dealing with taking in the entire thing. I anticipated having to make a smaller chop in the future.

I took my soon-to-be top in on my dress form…

Allagash Dress to Top Refashion 2

I cut off the excess fabric from the sides, then tried on my top. As predicted, another chop would need to happen.

cutting a little more off top
Just a lil chop!

I gave my new top a quick hem…

pinned hem
Pin & Stitch!

And that’s it! Now my shirt-to-dress ratio is ever so slightly more balanced. I wore my new top to Keg Cowboy for an Allagash vs. Founders beer tasting.

Wait...where am I?
Wait…where am I?

If I look like I’m in a bathroom for this “after” photo, it’s because I am. Sometimes any excuse for a tripod will have to do.

This. is sad.
This. is sad.
Allagash Dress to Top Refashion after
What can ya do?

In times of bad lighting, you sometimes have to get creative, folks.

Jillian and Paris
Cool ladies. Bad lighting.
Allagash Vs. Founders sign
Who shall emerge victorious?
Outside of Keg Cowboy
They have a fire pit too!
Beer in Allagash glass
Duck Confit SOS
This is their version of SOS…with Duck Confit!
Allagash Dress to Top Refashion before and after
A New Years' Eve 1970s Formal Dress Refashion
Scrap-Busting DIY Infinity Scarf