No Waste Vintage Dress Refashion + DIY Fabric Belt Tute

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2 Hours

Even though my to-be-refashioned vintage dress collection is already (more than) a bit too full I couldn’t resist getting this super soft 1970’s beauty at the thrift shop:

I loved the fabric, colour and details of this faux denim frock but the length and fit were just not me.

Take a peek at my No Waste Vintage Dress Refashion + DIY Fabric Belt and find out how I quickly transformed this thrift score from frump to fab:

I chopped the dress to my desired length + a few centimeters for seam allowance.

Gave the raw edge a nice clean hem.

Grabbed the chopped bottom piece of fabric and carefully unpicked the original hem.

Folded the fabric in half with right sides facing and then stitched the long sides together leaving the ends open.

Flipped the fabric tube right side out, centered the seam in the middle of the back side, folded in the raw ends and pressed the whole thing flat with my trusty iron.

Then top stitched all the way around the fabric to close up the open ends and create a crisp edge on my fabric belt.

I thought my belt was a bit too plain so I grabbed some red embroidery thread and added a blanket stitch to the ends to match the original dress details.

A fantastic (and oh-so-easy) update for a frumpy vintage frock!

Grab all of my Tutorials for Gals right over here and take a peek at my groovy vintage refashion video tutorials playlist below:

Suggested materials:
  • Vintage dress
  • Sewing gear

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