Sleeveless Dress to Keyhole Back Top Refashion
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Sleeveless Dress to Keyhole Back Top Refashion

Lemon Sherbet Dress
How to Add a Fantastic Elastic Waist to Just About Any Dress!

I’ve had this black dress on my refashion rack for a couple of months.  I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it.

Sleeveless Dress to Keyhole Back Top Refashion before
Seeking the heavens for guidance & inspiration!

SPOILER ALERT:  My original plan doesn’t work out!

I finally decided to turn this dress into an entirely different dress!  I snipped off the seam to one of the shoulders.

cutting one shoulder
Snip!

Then, I grabbed a spool of grosgrain ribbon…

spool of grossgrain ribbon
This stuff is just way too flippin’ handy!

…and pinned it to both sides of the  recently cut shoulder.

ribbon pinned to shoulder
Like this!

I stitched each one down.

sewing ribbon to top
Whirrr!

Do you see where I’m going with this?  My plan was to make the two shoulder pieces the new front of the dress, and use the other arm hole as a cool keyhole back!

shirt on dress form
Something like this!

I still had some fitting to do!  I took the whole thing in from the front (so as not to lose the back).

pinning dress on dress form
It seems like such a great idea, right?
sewing dress seam
Taking it in!

I trimmed off the extra fabric, threw my new dress on, and was immediately disappointed. :/

It just looked weird, folks.  First off, it wasn’t the casual dress I was going for.  It looked way too formal for anything I have coming up in the near future.  AND I didn’t take into account that the front and back of the dress weren’t identical.  This made the dress hang askew on me.

BLERG!

I thought all was lost, until I remembered this post by Sally over at Charity Shop Chic!

sally from Charity Shop Chic
She refashioned this! 🙂

I NEVER think of going bare-midriffed.  I’m over 30. It just seems weird and inappropriate, right? But Sally looks so very cute in her top!  Surely I can look cute in what was about to be mine as well!

I made a big chop!

cutting bottom off dress
Don’t worry! That bottom scrap will make a lovely skirt!

To play a bit more with the asymmetry of my new top, I decided to stitch down only one of the shoulders into a V, and left the other one as-is!

hand stitching shoulder
It’ll all make sense in just a moment, I swear!

I think it’s quite fetching!

Sleeveless Dress to Keyhole Back Top Refashion after
Showing a lil skin!

And just look at the back with its built-in air conditioning!

Sleeveless Dress to Keyhole Back Top Refashion after back
Le back!

My new top was perfect for a birthday brunch with friends!

Erin and Ken
Happy Birthday Ken!
Kens birthday cake
I hope he doesn’t get mad at me for posting this…
Jillian and male friend
Hmmmn. Who is this?
friends on porch
Lahvely People!
Ken's birthday present in bag
I decorated his bag myself! 🙂
Jillian and friend
Happy birthday revelers!
Jillian and Ryan
Ryan seems quite smitten with my new Nana bag! 🙂

See?  Just because a refashion isn’t turning out quite how you wanted it to, that doesn’t mean you have to give up!  Just keep playing and see what happens!

Cheers!

Sleeveless Dress to Keyhole Back Top Refashion  before and after
Lemon Sherbet Dress
How to Add a Fantastic Elastic Waist to Just About Any Dress!
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