Vintage Dress to Cropped Jacket Refashion

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I’ve recently been reorganizing and sorting through my stash and have stumbled upon a few refashions from the past that definitely needed an update or, in some cases, a complete redesign!

Let’s revisit, tweak and update this vintage house dress to cropped jacket refashion that I originally created and shared on my blog in 2014:

Grab a sleeveless house dress and a pretty vintage table cloth with enough fabric to cover both of your arms.

Chop the house dress to your desired jacket length (+ a bit extra for seam allowance).

Cut the table cloth in half evenly.

Chop each tablecloth piece to your ideal sleeve length and width + a bit extra for seam allowance.

Fold each table cloth piece in half with right sides facing and stitch them into tubes. (if possible, keep the original hem intact so you can skip having to hem up the sleeve ends)

Hem the bottom of the chopped dress.

Pop the sleeves into the armholes with right sides facing and stitch together.

For extra fanciness I added a few different types of vintage lace to the shoulders, collar and hems.

An absolutely fantastic and oh-so-comfy result!

And awesome from the back too!

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Suggested materials:
  • Vintage housedress
  • Vintage tablecloth
  • Vintage lace
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  • Lillyrose Lillyrose on Jun 25, 2021

    When you re-do clothing like this, would you please show it as you stand without your arms bent. Would like to see how everything hangs.. thanks

    • Lori Lori on Jun 26, 2021

      That was my exact same thought!!

  • Kim Kim on Jul 25, 2021

    Really nice! Cute! Nice job!