We could all use a little luck right about now, couldn’t we?
That’s why I opted for this $1 thrifted dress for today’s refashion, rather than holding off until St. Patrick’s Day as I had originally planned.
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Upon closer inspection, I discovered the clovers on the top of this dress were only of the 3-leafer variety. :/
You win again, 2020. You. Win. Again.
I still loved that clover print and the contrast between it and the navy skirt.
I was less fond of the neck tie thingies and the fit.
And just like that, my idea for a DIY Halter Dress Refashion was born!
First, I snipped off those neck tie thingies and put them aside.
These will be put to good use in just a bit!
I put my dress on my dress form and pinned where I thought the new top of my dress should begin.
I had to make sure I had the length I wanted for the top part, while still allowing the dress to fit around me. If I came up short, the dress would be really unflattering!
I took my dress off the form and made a chop!
Then, I put it back on my dress form, and began taking it in from the back.
I thought taking the dress in from the back would help me preserve those pockets without having to remove and re-attach them.
SPOILER ALERT: That didn’t work out. :/
I sewed my single seam down.
Then, I trimmed off the excess fabric with my pinking shears.
I folded over the top part of my dress and pinned it in place.
As I said before, getting enough length for the top of this dress was crucial. It needed to fall at my waist just right! That’s why I didn’t fold this top part under twice. Don’t worry! The fabric is polyester and it won’t fray!
I sewed the top part down.
Then, I pinned those two neck tie thingies to the front!
I stitched each one to the front.
Time to remove the pockets.
I know. What I’m about to do is highly controversial.
I like pockets. I love pockets. But my original plan to keep these pockets didn’t work.
I can explain! I ended up needing to take in the back more than I’d originally planned, which moved the pockets almost completely behind me.
Just imagine how awkward putting your hands in pockets that are completely situated on your keister would look, because that’s exactly how it looked.
So I did what needed to be done.
I pinned each pocket down.
Then, I closed them off forever.
With a tear in my eye, I cut them off…cursing to the wind at my fate.
But enough sadness! Let’s look at the finished Refashion, eh?
I think it turned out REALLY cute! I’m glad I kept the length as-is as I love that darling front bottom pleat!
Just look at the back!
I wore my new dress to work remotely with a solo socially-distanced beverage.
Perhaps my new frock will bring me a bit of luck! Fingers crossed!
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