This weekend, I was rummaging through my closet again and found this dress I used to wear a few years ago. It’s nothing fancy, but I liked it at the time. I wasn’t sure if it was a dress I wanted to keep any longer, then it dawned on me that it would be perfect for a Dress Transformation. It is summer now and I am trying to update my wardrobe with new outfits, so here goes…
The before photo shows a washed out skirt and outdated belt, this dress definitely needed some love. It still fit, I couldn’t believe it! Well, it is stretchy material, that helped..LOL! The After photo shows a transformed fresh & fun dress. You can’t really tell in the photo, but this dress has an empire waist and I kept the original length of the dress. The dress is cute with or without a belt and would look darling with a flower pinned in the center of the waistline.
Supplies I Used…
Basic sewing tools, Fabric, Sewing Machine & Serger.
The first step was to separate the skirt from the top.
Then with a piece of pattern paper, I traced around the skirt to make a pattern.
To make the layers, I folded the fabric in half and traced lines for a guide with my 3 inch width craft ruler.
Once the lines were in place, the layers were cut out. I had a total of 22 layers.
Each layer was then hemmed on the bottom and serged on the top.
I don’t have a photo of the liner, it is a white cotton fabric. After all of the layers were prepped, I stacked and sewed the layers onto the front and back of the liner.
Matching the corners and side together, the fabric was pinned to my measurements. Then the waist was attached and pinned. With my sewing needle and thread, the sides of the waistline were sewn to keep the seams in place & lined up, while I sewed the rest of the waist with my sewing machine .
Last, but not least…. The sides and waist were sewn.
It took several hours to make, because there were so many layers, but I feel it definitely gives it an interesting look. Overall, This Dress Transformation was successful, I didn’t have to spend hardly anything to transform this dress and I now have a new addition to my summer wardrobe. It’s amazing what a little love can do for that outdated outfit hiding in your closet.
I hope you enjoyed todays Project, Keep checking back to see what I’m up to next!
Always from my DIY ♥, chelle’