How to Give a Dress a Makeover

Originally posted 2012-05-16 08:00:30.

Altering a Dress and Changing the Top

I love dresses.  Yes, I actually wear them on occasion – even on some of my trips to the home improvement stores to buy lumber, parts, power tools, etc! I really love the Bohemian style dresses made in India with their “flowiness” and bright colors! I have a couple of dresses that I absolutely love but they are a little too revealing for me so I very rarely wear them. It occurred to me one day that I can take the dress, cut off the “revealing” part, and completely make over the dress into something more appropriate for me! Yay! Today, I will share how to give a dress a makeover…

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Materials:

  • Dress
  • T-shirt
  • Scissors & Seam Ripper
  • Serger (<– affiliate link – or Sewing Machine) & Thread

Here is my dress before…

 

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I love the color and decided to replace the top with a white t-shirt. The dress has an elastic waist and I definitely wanted to keep that. I measured from my shoulder to where I wanted the elastic to sit, them transferred the same measurement to the t-shirt.

 

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I cut the t-shirt apart…

 

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… then removed the top part of the dress.

 

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I pinned the two together and stitched the seam on my serger. If a serger is not available, the seam can be sewn on a regular sewing machine using a stretch stitch.

 

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Voila! A “new” dress that will make me feel cool and a lot less self conscious this summer!

 

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I love it and it gets much more use now that it is more appropriate for me! Here’s another great way to create a dress out of t-shirts… Any questions on how to give a dress a makeover? Leave a comment below!

(Sharing with The Shabby Creek Cottage Transformation Thursday, Crafty Scrappy Happy , Crafty Cousins and The Crafty Blog Stalker)

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