I’ve been holding on to this dress for a while. There it’s been…in the background of oh so many before pics! “When is she going to get to refashioning that one?!? WHEN!?!!!!!!!”, you’ve screamed to the heavens.
Today, those heartbreaking cries will be answered!
This is yet another $1 thrifted dress I scored because I thought the print was…uh…interesting? I’m actually not so sure now that I’m looking at it again! 😉
To get started, I KNEW I needed to get rid of those sleeves! It’s just way too hot for any sort of arm covering. I grabbed my seam ripper and got to picking! This took a while.
Don’t worry! I was entertained while I worked!
Finally, my new dress was liberated from those stifling sleeves!
Now that the button-up part of the neck was gone, I went ahead and snipped off those buttonholes.
The bottom hem of this dress was cut off as well and put aside for later!
All this ripping left my new dress with all sorts of gaping raw edges that needed to be stitched down. First, I pinned:
Then, I stitched!
Once the armholes and neckline were sewn down, I put my dress inside-out on my dress form to get it fitted.
Each side went under the needle!
I cut off the extra fabric, but still wasn’t quite happy with this as a dress. I was tired and ready to head out the door for a casual movie night with friends. I wanted to wear a top instead!
I gave my top a new hem…
…and here it is!
I’ve gotta admit, I think this works waaaaay better as a top than a dress. That pattern is just so overwhelming! But, as a top with jeans, it’s just fun. 🙂 I even like that neck tie thingy! And that bottom scrap defines my waist quite nicely. 🙂
Mr. Raccoon agrees! 🙂
We all settled in to watch Eight Diagram Pole Fighter in honor of the recently departed Lau Kar-leung. There’s a lot of really interesting fight choreography to check out in this film!