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Day 210: ’80s Seersucker Dress Refashion

Day 211: DIY One Shoulder Sweater Upcycle
Day 209: '70s Vintage Housedress Refashion

Seersucker is a spring/summer staple here in the South. 

Wikipedia has a really interesting article on this delightfully lightweight fabric.  Unfortunately, there was nothing delightful about this 50 cent ’80s seersucker dress.  :/

'80s Seersucker Dress Refashion before
This isn’t looking good, y’all. :/

Some of you might be wondering why I’d want to wear seersucker in the middle of winter.  It seems a bit nutty, right? 

This has been the mildest winter I can remember in my 11 years of living here.  Today temps climbed to…70 degrees

Yes.  There’s a reason why you don’t ever hear about anyone retiring up north.  😉

This dress needed my help desperately! 

First off I removed these really bizarre shoulder pads.

removed shoulder pads
Rectangles? Reallllllly?

Next came a hiking-up of that length!

cutting off bottom of dress
Chop chop, y’all! <—This is me being southern. 🙂

Now I have a bunch of messy raw edges that need to be taken care of. 

I took that bottom scrap, and folded it in half lengthwise, pinning it along the raw edge.

pinning new sash
Pinning right along!

Under the needle it went!

sewing sash with sewing machine
Refash That Sash! 🙂

I turned my new tube of fabric inside-out, and presto!  Instant Sash!  🙂

Now for that bottom hem of the dress…or rather, its lack of a hem.

measuring bottom hem
Keeping it Even Steven! 🙂
sewing hem
Finishing that hem! 🙂

I gave my new hem and sash a good press and was all done! 

I tossed on a light cardi (which really wasn’t even necessary for the warm evening) and headed off to a place I need to cut back on…Cantina 76!

'80s Seersucker Dress Refashion after
I’m a sucker for seersucker! 🙂
three tacos
I can’t quit you…or you…or you!

Seriously…their food is amazing and their margaritas are delish!

'80s Seersucker Dress Refashion after closeup
Happy with a belly full of tacos! 🙂

Did you see my sweet brogues in the after pic?  🙂

closeup of brogues
I heart brogues!

I don’t just get a lot of my refashionables from thrift shops I also buy a lot of accessories from them too (including these sweet Steve Madden kicks!)!  🙂

The way I look at it is, I don’t have a lot of money.  I can’t donate as much as I would like to the charities I believe in. 

BUT…I can use what spending power I have to support good causes, be green, and look fabulous…all at the same time!  Just by shopping at charity shops! 

Hmmm…food for thought.  🙂


'80s Seersucker Dress Refashion before and after
Day 211: DIY One Shoulder Sweater Upcycle
Day 209: '70s Vintage Housedress Refashion