Easter Dress Refashion

I know I haven’t posted in a while.

I had a busy weekend celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary with the hubs!  My parents took the kiddies for a few days and the fella and I celebrated with STEAK!  Yummy!  We also watched a couple of movies and went out to eat at my favorite burger joint.  Hey, we don’t get out much, so we figured we’d take advantage of the free child-care. Ha!

I thought I would give him kind of a sentimental sort of gift. So I found some shells that I collected along the beach on our honeymoon…

I don't know why I kept them in an Old ElPaso container. I don't even eat that brand.

I don’t know why I kept them in an Old ElPaso container. I don’t even eat that brand.

Then I found an empty picture frame and got busy gluing the shells on…

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Then I found the only picture we had of the two of us from our honeymoon that would fit the frame…

Bummer the picture of us turned out so dark. :(

Bummer the picture of us turned out so dark. 😦

Fella liked his gift. He felt bad that he hadn’t gotten me anything. Just kidding!

Anyway, back to the refashion.

So a while ago, while shopping at Mel Trotter (a local thrift store), I found this for a mere 49 cents…

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Hmm, looks like an outdated Easter dress to me. But hey, for only .49 I figured it would be the perfect candidate for my first refashion. I mean, if I completely mess it up I’m not out much!

First, I got out the seam-ripper and got busy picking off that flower…

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Since I had my seam-ripper handy, I then used it to take out the drapey thing off the top…

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With all that extra drapey material, I can probably make a scarf out of it (2 refashions for the price of one… woot woot!)

So the next thing I did was hack off some of that length…

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Length hacked!

Then it needed to be sewn along the bottom raw edge…

Stitchin' away!

Stitchin’ away!

I made sure to do a basting stitch so that I could gather the bottom a little bit.
Then I tucked it under and pinned it to the inside waist seam…

Pinned!

Pinned!

I was going for a peplum look.
So after getting it all pinned, I stitched in the ditch to hide the stitches. If you want a better explanation of this technique, here’s a great post via Diana’s Sewing Lessons. You can also see in the following picture…

Stitchin' in the ditch...

Stitchin’ in the ditch…

You can see that the needle stays in the “ditch” (or seam), so the new stitches stay hidden.

Once it was all stitched in place, there was only one thing left to do…

Does this look familiar?

Does this look familiar?

It’s the flower I removed earlier. I thought I would sew a safety pin on it, so that it wasn’t permanently attached.

So that’s it! The peplum wasn’t as poufy as I had hoped, so I added a belt and clipped the flower pin on, and voila`!

All done!

All done!

If you need a reminder; here is a different view of the before…

Ready to frolic in my frock.

Ready to frolic in my frock.

Which look did you prefer? The before or the after?

I hope you all had fun reading about my refashion.
Stay tuned to see what I’ll be up to next!
~Jen

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3 thoughts on “Easter Dress Refashion

  1. I like what you did with this, but I (being a dress person) would simply have removed the cowel and flower and belted the dress! I I should think it would be cute were you to find such a dress again. 😀

  2. Thanks for your comment Hannah!
    I agree with you. It didn’t turn out how I had hoped. I was looking forward to a “peplum look”, but it didn’t end up looking like I had planned. Had I known how it would’ve turned out, I would’ve just shortened the length of the dress a little, removed the flower and cowl, and belted it, (like you said). Oh well, for a first refashion post, at least I learned from it! 😉 Thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂

  3. Pingback: 49-Cent Friday: Polka-Dot Peplum Dress Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

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