Refashion Runway Challenge 4: Maxi Dress

I saw this for .99 cents and I had to have it!

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Check out the awesome gold netting overlay with metallic thread!

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Gorgeous!

The challenge is to make a maxi dress or skirt… but this is already a maxi dress. How am I going to refashion it?

I started with a cut…

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This, obviously, separated the netting from the lining.

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I serged the raw edge of the black lining at the waist, folded it over, and pinned it.

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After you’re sewn down, you’ll make a lovely home for elastic.

My elastic was mysteriously MIA. I have NO idea what happened to it. I had to improvise by stealing elastic off of some pajama shorts…

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I’m sure I can use this material for a future refashion

I fed it into the casing of the black lining and sewed it shut at the opening where I inserted it. Then, I made a kimono from the gold netting. There’s so much of this fabric… why not incorporate it?

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I cut it down the back slit & where original side seams were.
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I cut to a length of 32″. I wanted enough material for sleeves.

I used those bottom scraps for the sleeves.

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Because part of those scraps had raw edges from where they were cut, I did have to sew them together before attaching to the body of the kimono.

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Because the existing seams are still there (even though they were cut open), this was thick enough to sew without any stabilizer/interfacing.

Right sides together, I put the sleeves into the body of the kimono.

I used a multiple zig zag stitch for this. This is fantastic on stretchy and/or temperamental material!

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Nearly EVERY sewing machine has this stitch. Use it! 🙂

I thought I’d be done… but I decided to use the top scrap of the original dress. Waste not, right?

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Removing the lining was more challenging for this…

I removed the collar and other embellishments.

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…and cleaned up all the raw edges left over.

Now, I actually have a 3 piece set: Maxi skirt, Crop top, and shrug

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I was able to take pictures just in time for a gorgeous sunset 🙂

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Hubs is always asking me to show more skin… Sometimes I still suffer my Fat Girl Syndrome moments. But, it’s nice to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while…IMG_6202

And, if I just can’t handle it… I can always put on that awesome gold shrug!

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Modesty is always in good taste 🙂

I like all three of these pieces because they can be worn together or separately.

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Like with a tank and a pair of jeans

I have a feeling these might be some new favorites 🙂

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To see the other gals’ Maxi or Dress refashions, click here. Voting is open until next Friday at midnight.

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