Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Blue Floral Dress Makeover

It's time for another dress makeover! I warned you guys that these would be coming at you all fast and furious for a while! This is another dress that I got at the thrift store bag sale, which means I paid around 15 cents for it.

Great hair, self. Well done.


Despite the fact that the little faux pocket amused me so, it was the first feature to go. A minute or two of seam ripper attack and it was all over.

Oh, faux pocket, we hardly knew ye.

The next area that needed attention was the sleeves. Their poofy shoulder design would be way too much work to change into something wearable, so the best option was to just take 'em off!

Sorry, sleeves.

There were no shoulder pads inside this time, but there was this stiff little insert to give them extra poof!

Just taking the sleeves off was an instant improvement! (Bear Cat played the role of sewing assistant today.)

I ended up having to entirely reconstruct how the dress came together at the shoulders in order to make the new shape work out. I tried out a few easier options that I hoped would work, but after those failed I just took the seam ripper to the shoulder seams, realigned how the front and back of the dress met up, and pinned that crazyness to prepare it for sewing!

New shoulder  - it makes more sense than it appears to.

I was THRILLED that I didn't have to touch the bottom hem of this dress at all! I've had total nightmare hems on other dresses lately, so I was relieved that this one was already perfect. Whew!

To be honest, I'm still not 100% happy with how this fits on the lower half, but I've learned that I can get sucked into fixing the details for MONTHS if I aim for perfection. It fits well enough, so I'm calling it done! Eventually, I may go back and take out some of the elastic in the front so that it lies more flat instead of being so pleated - I experimented with it like that in the mirror, and it's much more flattering. But to do so, I'll pretty much have to take the entire lower half of the dress apart (or at least a pretty good chunk of it), so for now, I'm just leaving it as-is.

I have a feeling I'll be getting some use out of this one! I LOVE this style of simple dress in the summer - you can just throw it on with zero effort, but look pulled together!


Jamie said...

You're brilliant. It looks adorable on you now!

Anne D. said...

I have to agree, you are pretty talented when it comes to making over dresses!! Anne

Jessie Johnson said...

I love these kinds of projects!! I have a ton of thrifted clothes that I've used in similar projects. Great work