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An “It’ll do for work.” Refashion

Rockwell Dress
A Dress to Cowl Back Top Refashion

Spoiler Alert:  This is not a terribly exciting refashion.  But it IS a cautionary tale about what happens when you make boring non-daring choices in a refashion!  

So…let’s begin!

It all started with this dress I found on the 50 cent rack at a nearby Goodwill:

itll do for work refashion before
I assume the previous owner died after being mauled by a tiger.

I can see why nobody wanted this one, as it has a pretty major hole in the shoulder.  No worries!  I can fix that, and fix it I did!

No big deal.
No big deal.

With that shoulder fixed, I got to removing a couple of things I wasn’t too fond of…

Shoulder padding!
Shoulder padding!
row of buttons
Oh joy. A row of buttons right above my butt. How flattering!
removed buttons
Whew! Much better!

I decided to just take this one in a couple of inches on each side.

pinned dress on ironing board
Just a couple ‘o inches!

I stitched each side down, then serged those rapidly-fraying raw edges!


Here’s what it looked like when I was done:

serged seam

I chopped off a ridiculously conservative amount off the bottom…

cutting off hem

Then I gave it a new hem.


And here it is:  My totally boring dress that I don’t really care for!

itll do for work refashion after
Seriously. :/

And here it is being boring and still-dated-looking from the side!

Not much better, eh?  :/
Not much better, eh? :/

Not even my cool new wig could save it!  :/

I feel pretty!
I feel pretty!

The print is fun, but this frock is still oh-so-frump!  :/  I think I’ll re-refashion it!

I feel like I should have taken it in MUCH more and should have gone a good bit shorter as well.  I made a couple of boring conservative choices and ended up with a lackluster result. :/

I looked at it and thought, “Eh.  It’ll do for work.”, which is exactly the mediocrity I strive to avoid, both in my sewing AND in my personal appearance.

So yeah.  I don’t really like this one very much, but hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and not suss out the way I did.

Fortune favors the bold!


it'll do for work refashion before and after
Rockwell Dress
A Dress to Cowl Back Top Refashion