Plan C Open House Dress

When I saw this dress for .99 cents, I knew right away that I wanted to make a maxi dress. I haven’t made one in a while and felt really inspired by this print. I *thought* it would be a really easy and straight forward refashion…

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I removed the unwanted elements.

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Then I made another chop to remove the yoke of the dress.

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I’m going to add elastic to this new raw edge on the bodice. Instead of making a casing like I have on similar refashions, I sewed the elastic directly onto the fabric with my Imagine Serger.

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I folded this newly sewn edge over twice so the elastic wouldn’t be visible and sewed it down with a straight stitch… it was too big. Plus, if I’m being completely honest, I didn’t like the the print as well as I thought I would. So, I decided to move on to plan B and just make a maxi skirt.

I cut off the plaid-ish fabric completely and added some new elastic to the existing waist of the black fabric…

…and I hated it!

I looked “Squat-y” in it. If you’re petite you know exactly what I mean. The length just didn’t work.

As a last ditch effort I moved to plan C:

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13 seems to be my magic number when I’m shortening anything, so I cut that many inches off.

I finished the shortened edge with a rolled hem and crossed my fingers this would turn out well.

It did πŸ™‚ ..but it was still just a boring old skirt. I decided to pay homage to the plaid material that I was originally so excited about and still use it somehow.

Surely a ruffle will give this some pizazz
Surely a ruffle will give this some pizazz

On the same serger, I gathered a piece of scrap by lengthening my stitch and cranking my differential feed to 2.

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Now what?

I have a cutesy ruffle, but where do I put it? After several attempts to sew it in different places, I got a little paranoid I would ruin it just like I’d ruined everything else with this refashion! I cheated by wearing it as a brooch!

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I scrunched it up with a safety pin πŸ™‚

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Ironically, this flower brooch is my favorite part. It helps tie the whole look together, I think.

Pretty, brooch. Pretty, brooch.
Pretty, brooch. Pretty, brooch.

This outfit ended up being a very comfortable outfit for my stepson’s Graduation Open House

He was so excited :)
He was so excited πŸ™‚

Lots of friends and family came out to support Stewart on his big day.

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Proud Papa and Stepmom sharing an US selfie… an USie πŸ˜‰

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If at first you don’t succeed, right?

It all ended up working out. I actually like this end result a lot better than what I had originally envisioned for this piece. Not to sound totally lame, but sometimes the refashions choose YOU.

Yeah… still lame, I know πŸ™‚

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3 thoughts on “Plan C Open House Dress

  1. LAURA, YOU ARE VERY TALENTED. LOTS OF REALLY CUTE DRESSES AND OTHER THINGS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. PS, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL TOO

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