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…
I removed the unwanted elements.
Then I made another chop to remove the yoke of the dress.
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.
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:
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 🙂 ..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.
On the same serger, I gathered a piece of scrap by lengthening my stitch and cranking my differential feed to 2.
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!
I scrunched it up with a safety pin 🙂
Ironically, this flower brooch is my favorite part. It helps tie the whole look together, I think.
This outfit ended up being a very comfortable outfit for my stepson’s Graduation Open House
Lots of friends and family came out to support Stewart on his big day.
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 🙂