I love to refashion old clothes! If you looked in my closet or garage, you would find bags upon bags of culled closet clothing.
Yup, I’m the daughter-in-law, friend, sister that says “Hey, do you have any clothes you want to get rid of?” I go through it, make my selections and generally take home much more than my husband would like to see! He usually just sighs as I clutter up our extra storage space.
I do have conditions though ~ it must be pretty and/or have a great fabric texture. The rest I donate. Which is one less chore for my friends and family.
This lovely top was donated from my sister-in-law! I get lots from her! It is also one of the easiest dresses I’ve sewn up. There’s nothing like taking something old and making it new, especially if it only takes you thirty minutes or so.
The donated item was a halter top that Auntie didn’t want anymore. I took it immediately! It was fully shirred, had a beautiful gathered flow from the chest down and a floral print ~ I’m addicted to Floral. I knew it would be an easy summer dress for Freyja!
For a while it was in a garbage bag in my closet, until my little miss started digging around in my clothes and pulled it out, she wanted to wear it immediately! I gathered up the back and pinned it with safety pins, so she could wear it. After a days wear and it constantly falling down on her little body, she asked me to make it ~”fit her with the sewing machine”!
So I did! And it was perfect timing with House of Estrela’s Refashion Month coming up!
The dress re-fashion is pretty self explanatory but I mapped it out just to show how easy it was. It would be a perfect beginner project because it has immediate results!
A: This is how big the top was originally! ~ She’s actually telling me to sew it for her in this pic.
B: I simply safety pinned it so it fitted snug around her chest and waist.
C: I spreed the dress and cut down each side of the dress where I had pinned it.
A: I cut two 3″ strips of fabric for the straps
B: I folded each end in.
C &D:Then I folded it as I would bias and sewed around the whole strip. Closing the open edges.
A: Right sides facing.
B: Pin down both sides of the dress. Sew.
C: Sew on your straps ~ I chose to have them tie around the neck, but you could easily sew them to the back to make shoulder straps. FINISHED!
…..And now to enjoy the dress with bubbles and summer sun!