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Easy Strapless Summer Dress Refashion

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I just love a simple summery refashion, don’t you?

I wonder what the cashiers at the thrift stores where I source my “before” pieces think when I buy dresses like this:

refashionista Easy Strapless Summer Dress Refashion before
Like…do they really think I’m going to wear them as-is?

I’m really surprised that almost no one asks why I’m buying all of these frumpy frocks. Exactly ONE cashier asked if I did costumes for a local theater, but that is the only time anyone has questioned my odd purchases.

Frumpiness aside, I really like the color and print of this dress.

Those front pleats are pretty swell too.

closeup of front pleats
I love it!

And let’s take a look at that vintage label.

Schraeder Sport label
What sport would one play in this dress, I wonder?

When my friends Phillip and David announced they were hosting a pie-themed poolside birthday party (very specific, no?) for one of our good friends (who prefers pie to cake), I knew I’d need to make this dress work for warm weather.

Here’s an easy way to turn a frumpy thrifted dress into a cute strapless dress!

First, I cut off everything below the armpits of my dress.

cutting off top of dress
Chop!

Then, I turned it inside-out, folded the top over 1″, and pinned it.

pinned top of dress
Like this!

Then, I sewed this part down, leaving a small gap to thread elastic through.

sewing casing on top of dress
Whirrrrr!

Before adding my elastic, I pressed my newly-sewn casing.

pressing casing
Much easier to do this now than later!

Then, I cut off a piece of elastic that fit snugly (but not too snugly) below my armpits.

elastic on cutting table
About this much.

Using a bodkin (you can also use a safety pin), I threaded it through the casing of my dress.

threading elastic through casing
In ya go!
elastic threaded through casing
Out ya go!

Then, I sewed the ends of the elastic together.

sewing elastic together
Just teensy whirrrr!

My dress was almost done!

I decided to take advantage of those billowy sleeves by turning them into a sash.

First, I cut off the sleeves from the dress.

cutting off sleeve
Future sash!

I removed the cuffs as well.

cutting off cuff of sleeve
Byeeee!

I cut each sleeve in two.

sleeve cut in two
So much fabric!

I sewed each half closed, and then stitched them all together.

sewing sash
Refash that sash!

And that’s it!

refashionista Easy Strapless Summer Dress Refashion after 1
This is the necklace I wore to my senior prom!

I like the high waist of dress, and think this refashion would make a great maternity summer refashion for any of you moms-to-be!

refashionista Easy Strapless Summer Dress Refashion after
Green is one of my favorite colors!

I styled my new dress with a gold sunnies, earrings, and bracelet combo, as well as black sandals and a beaded necklace.

refashionista Easy Strapless Summer Dress Refashion after by pool
Gotta love it when your friends put in a pool!
refashionista Easy Strapless Summer Dress Refashion after close up
Accessories matter, my friends.

Despite some pretty hot temps, I kept cool in my new frock.

Jillian and Erin
Hi Erin!
phillip and Jillian
Thanks for getting a pool last year Phillip!
ryan and jillian
When did all my guy friends all turn into such handsome silver foxes?
refashionista Easy Strapless Summer Dress Refashion after by pool
Feeling pretty!

I hope this easy refashion gives you a little summer style inspiration!

Cheers!

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