It has been raining here in Columbia. For days and days.
When weather forecasts predicted some flooding over the weekend, I packed a bag and fled to a friend’s place (which sits at a higher elevation than mine) to wait it out.
I knew I’d be feeling a little stir-crazy from days stuck inside rather than hanging out with friends. So, when I packed, I only packed refashionables!
I figured it would be a good excuse for a challenge, as well as a boredom buster. 🙂
I just knew this 80’s dress would make a perfect comfy DIY Tunic Dress!
The dress is nice and warm, and I like those big batwing sleeves.
It’s meant to be of generous fit, but even so, it was still too big for me. I didn’t like the length either.
I saw this one becoming much shorter and paired with leggings for a cozy stay-at-home outfit.
Of course, since I wasn’t at my house, I had to complete this refashion with much fewer sewing supplies than I’m used to and without a dress form.
Oh well! It’s all a part of the challenge!
First, I eyeballed this frock and decided I wanted to take it in 1.5 inches on each side.
I figured this would make the hips more fitted, but still leave the top free-fitting.
It took a little creative thinking, but I managed to measure and pin each side.
With the dress turned inside-out, I pinned my side seams.
To complete this refashion, I had to rely on an old (more travel-friendly) pal.
That’s right! It’s my old sewing machine! The one that started it all!
Each side got stitched down, then I removed the excess fabric.
Next, I chopped off a bit from the bottom.
A quick hem followed.
After a good press, my new dress was ready for a day of lounging in style!
This dress could easily be belted, but I actually like leaving the waist free.
This is also a flattering look for women who are more of an apple shape, as it plays up your legs, while the full sleeves help give balance.
Douglas seems to be handling the downpour just fine.