I had a halter dress that I loved and wore a lot – a few years ago. The rule in my closet is that no matter how much I love it, if I’m not wearing it then it gets moved to the refashion closet.
I had an idea I wanted to try out and this dress ...
+ this t-shirt would be the perfect pieces for this experiment.
The first step is to remove the bodice from the skirt.
Bye-bye dress, hello skirt and new top.
I removed the cute little applique from the t-shirt. I’m not that into appliques, but this one has potential for a future refashion.
Whada ya' think? Pretty cute, right?
Then I cut across the t-shirt right under the arm cycles to get a tube which will become the waistband/bodice of my new skirt/strapless dress. All I had to do was sew the tube to the skirt. Since the t-shirt was too large, I had more fabric than I needed to make this a secure waistband. So I sewed up the length of the tube, allowing the excess fabric to cascade into a ruffle. When the waistband is folded down the ruffle is hidden, and when the waistband is extended the ruffle is a nice detail.
Here's the waistband folded down to make this a skirt.
And here is the waistband extended to make a strapless dress.
And here's another look, with the ruffle in the front.
Gotta love a two-fer!
Way to rescue a dress headed for the landfill Marissa.
I never would have guessed that this dress could have turned out so fabulous! Now go out a save a dress.
Sometimes I get tired of tugging on a strapless dress to make it through the evening. Sometimes I wish a strapless dress had – straps. But just adding a couple strips to the top and calling it done won’t cut it. So Zoe’s refashion using ribbons to transform a strapless dress into a sophisticated tank dress works for me.
It’s that time of year when I’m starting to look at my pile of sweatshirts and wondering what I can do with them. So Zoe get’s it right again with this lace yoke sweatshirt refashion.