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No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt

Fall-ing for Decorative Stitching
My First Chemotherapy Treatment

I haven’t done a no-sew refashion in a while! While this is primarily a sewing blog, I know not everyone who has the refashion itch necessarily wants to sew.

Or maybe they just need an easy no-sew project to jump-start their refashioning journey!

Allow me to remedy this right now.

At first glance, there isn’t anything wrong with this $1 clearance thrift store dress.

Refashionista No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt Before
Ho hum.

Sidebar: No, my hair didn’t grow back wicked fast after my recent haircut a la Interview with the Vampire. The images from this post are from a couple of weeks ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt 6
Sorry kids. :/

I classify this dress under the category of “boring work clothes”. You know…one of those innocuous garments that’s politely inoffensive and meant to attract no attention whatsoever. A totally neutral dress.

There’s nothing to hate about it.

However, there’s nothing really special to love about it either. :/

At first, I had no idea what I’d do to change this one up. Then I looked a little closer.

dress triangle seam close up
Well…what do we have here?

Whaddyaknow?! There is an interesting detail to this otherwise Plain Jane dress! Isn’t that triangle seam neat?

Let’s make a chop!

I grabbed my scissors and got to chopping!

cutting dress into shirt

I snipped carefully right along that triangle seam, first on the front, then the back.

Since this dress is made from a ribbed cotton jersey, there was no risk of fraying.

If you’re uncertain whether something will fray or not, just snip a small section near the bottom of your piece to test it first.

When I was done, I was left with this.

top removed from bottom of dress
See where I’m going here?

That’s it! That’s all it took to refashion a dowdy dress into a fun top to wear during a weekend excursion to Charleston, SC with the Mr.!

No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt after close up
It sort of looks like wings!
No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt after
I think it’s much more fun now!

I wore a tank top under my new top as my stomach is still looking quite Frankenstein-y from my recent surgery, but this could totally be rocked as a crop top!

The back looks pretty neat too!

No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt after back view
Taking in that harbor view!

Mr. Refashionista and I enjoyed a tasty breakfast by the water at Marina Variety Store. If you’re visiting the area and looking for a great non-touristy breakfast spot the locals love, this is the place for you!

refashionista at breakfast
Yes. I make doofy faces all the time.

We had a delightful weekend getaway!

jillian and brian by water
I look more delighted than Mr. Refashionista…

The next time you go thrifting, I hope you’ll look closely at the details of even the most basic of garments.

There might just be an easy no-sew refashion hiding in there somewhere!


refashionista No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt before and after
Fall-ing for Decorative Stitching
My First Chemotherapy Treatment

46 thoughts on “No-Sew Dress to Reverse Triangle Bottom Shirt”

  1. Adorable, as all of your refashions are Hope you are feeling better after your first treatment. You and your hubby are in my thoughts. Take care

  2. Shows how a great refashion can be very simple! Cute top and can’t wait to see doofy (?just learned a new english word, thanks, guess it’s a bit like goofy??) faces with your awesome new hair cut. Looks fantastic on you! Hang in there…

  3. Hi Jillian: Oh my, I did not know that you have had surgery too. You are so going to triumph over this hurdle in your life! Trust you are doing well with your first chemo as of today. And, as I have suggested before, as one of your many thousands of fans and people who love you, you really need to think about writing a screenplay or book about your journey. You are such a good writer and your story resonates so deeply within so many of us. And so many of us to come. Sending you lots of healing energy and a giant virtual hug from British Columbia, Canada. Take care, Martha Collins

  4. I bet this was NOT a cheap dress when it was new. You can tell well made (and more expensive garments) by the way stripes and plaids are matched. The stripes on this are perfectly matched. You have a good eye for finding

  5. I have to give you credit for being completely nuts…when the situation calls for it…and this boring dress really got a transformation to a completely nutty top.

  6. I did not know you got married and I would love to see pics. I did not know you were going for treatment either; pray it goes well and fast!

  7. You have a great eye for spotting potential….! It’s a Wow factor! Also, I love that you wore a top under your new top. Layering at it’s finest! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Fun too that looks great on you! Glad you got away. Changes of venue have been such a destresser when my hubby is waiting for the next surgery or change in chemo meds.

  9. Your transformations never fail to surprise me. Like reading a good mystery book, I’m confident you’ll triumph, but just never know how you’re going to get there until I walk through it with you. Always a delight!
    Been sewing lately and your can-do approach keeps gives me confidence.
    Surgery is done, first chemo down; congrats on getting through those major milestones. Keeping you in my prayers!

  10. Wow — this came out really amazing! Really interesting fabric, as well. I’d probably have picked it up for that alone. This top is a keeper, by the way. As are you! Love and prayers, Beth

  11. You never need to explain why you put something in your posts. You have the greatest refashion ideas, the greatest sense of humor and, make the greatest faces. I’ve cut up many things in my wardrobe because of you and I missed you when you were absent in 2018-2019 (at least from my email). I have a file on my computer with your posts from 2014 when I took up sewing again. You just let that damn cancer know that you are a fierce force to be reckoned with and I will pray for your continued strength. Hi, Mr. Fashionista!

  12. What a great idea, and I haven’t even thought to look at refashioning this way. Thanks for the inspiration! Are those grits? Yum! <3


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