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Holidays on Ice: An Off-the-Shoulder Dress Refashion

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My fella and I have recently chosen to cohabitate (my cat needed a father figure in her life). 

We decided to have a holiday party to celebrate. 

The house was cleaned and readied…but much like Cinderella before the ball, I had nothing to wear!

Luckily, I found this $1 ’90s dress from the thrift store that I knew would do the trick…after a little refashioning of course!

Off-the-shoulder dress refashion Before
Betty White is soooooo jealous right now…

Of course as-is, this couldn’t rock a lemonade social at a nursing home, let alone a holiday party. 

First off, I snipped off one of the shoulder pads.

removed shoulder pad
Byeeee solo pad!

Yep…just one pad.  There was no need to bother with the other one because I was about to massacre this dress!

I made a big chop across my dress from one armpit to the top of the shoulder at the opposite side

Then, I cut off some fabric from the bottom.

dress with shoulder and bottom cut off
No…it didn’t fall into my garbage disposal…there is a method to my madness!

The length just got shorter, and the neckline just got a whole heck of a lot more exciting. 

Time to finish the job!

I pinned a new hem by folding the bottom under twice and then I stitched it down.

sewing hem
Sewing the hem…

Once the hem was sewn, I needed to finish the raw edge at the top of the dress. 

First I turned the edge under twice, about 1/2 inch all around.

pinned top of dress
about to go under the needle

I ran the top of the dress through my machine. 

I tried it on and pinned it at the top on my right side where I would need to take it in a bit to make it fit. 

After a quick sew, I was done! 

I quickly pressed my new hems, and threw my new off-the-shoulder dress on just in time to greet my first guests!  🙂

off the shoulder dress refashion after
a proper party dress
Jillian and Marty
chillin with the fiance
off the shoulder dress refashion close up


off the shoulder dress refashion before and after
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