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Topic: Dated Dress Into Summer Refashion  (Read 1851 times)
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« on: June 05, 2011 01:00:42 PM »

I bought this dress at the thrift shop for about $6.00. It dated but I loved the fabric and it is nice and light cotton material which is perfect for summer.

I cut off the sleeves and cut the dress at the shoulder seams to remove excess fabric in the back. I sewed along the side to the waistline to make the armholes fit.

Then I cut the bottom of the dress too short and crooked.  Argh!! I kept hearing Tim Gunn in my head saying make it work.  I had some material that I use for lining dresses. I folded a piece up like bias tape and sewed along the bottom edge. It took me about a week to correct the damage. Why is hemming a dress so difficult?!

I replaced the ugly gold plastic buttons with some new ones. I love this dress. It is not perfect, but I cant wait to wear it.

you can check out more photos at:  http://jilliansrefashions.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-dress.html
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2011 02:41:08 PM »

Neat! And nice job making it work! I'd love to see the back and shoulders...
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2011 05:17:48 AM »

cute!  so is the back like a halter?

Since my girls actually nap (knock on wood), I am going to start trying to work off my negative feedback.  Life got hectic with their early arrival.  I apologize for the inconveniences my flaking caused.
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2011 01:25:48 PM »

I think the black at the hemline really looks good. You made it work!

Teesha Moore inspired patches--anyone want to swap?
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2011 05:39:30 PM »

Wow, the after looks much better than the before! Sweet job!
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