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Topic: Unwearable maxi to wearable day dress  (Read 6450 times)
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« on: March 22, 2012 07:10:12 PM »

This particular dress I actually bought at a charity shop with the intention of shortening it - even if I'd wanted to, there was no way I could have worn it with a bra, just look at that bust, a strapless bra would show right through that hole in the middle and I don't do braless.

To make it, I basically cut off the extra length all around the bottom, cut that in half and used it to make the top. I very carefully unpicked the top and skirt because I was happy with the way the dress fitted from under the bust and wanted to keep that shape. The new shoulder seams were originally the side seams of the skirt, the original hem is now the neckline (trying to minimise any sewing on this fabric that I can). I sewed the (now) CF together up for  afew inches and overlapped where the two top pieces joined the back skirt a smidge. As I'd cut so much length off, I had to cut down the new bodice pieces so that they matched the skirt but I angled the cut out to the (now) sleeves. The sleeves came a long way down my arms and looked a bit stupid but I still wanted more coverage up there, so I sewed in a stretched piece of elastic with zigzag along the new shoulder seams to gather up the shoulders. After all that it was just a matter of hemming the new sleeves and skirt.

More on my blog http://tigergirladventures.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/refashion-maxi-to-day-dress-palm-dress.html.
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012 07:18:47 PM »

This is so cute!  You made a really flattering, trendy dress!

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2012 07:59:21 PM »

thank you. It's certainly more wearable - for me anyway.

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2012 08:18:06 PM »

Great recon! Looks great on you  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2012 10:28:43 PM »

fantastic Job tigergirl!
it looks really cute, and totally flattering! Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2012 10:49:20 PM »

This looks utterly sweet. Nice conversion!
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2012 10:51:55 PM »

thanks! I'm on a "convert maxi to day dress" mission. As I said on my blog, although I love maxis, I just don't find them all that practical for me and I hate having clothes that take up precious room that don't get worn.

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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012 06:29:22 AM »

beautiful job!!

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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2012 06:55:12 AM »

Love the recon!  The dress is very flattering and can be worn to a lot more places now!  I look forward to other recons as you remake your wardrobe!

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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2012 08:32:07 AM »

Wow! Not everybody can pull off wearing a bold print like this, but it looks fab on you!  Wink

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