The Indecisive Dress
Hello Readers. Decisions are hard right? We can all be indecisive at times. What should you do when you can't decide what to do with a refashion? I say refashion the item up a little at a time. Let's shorten this dress a little at a time to see what we like.
I started with this sleeveless black dress that was given to me as a hand-me-down.
The dress fit well and had a built in waist tie to give it shape but I needed to fix the length so I could wear it without tripping when I walked.
I decided to make sleeves from all that extra fabric at the bottom. I was going to hem the dress anyway so I could use that fabric to make sleeves. I used a shirt as a sleeve pattern and just tried to see if I could do it. I traced the sleeves in chalk and cut them out. I sewed the sleeved together at the seam under the arm and then attached the sleeves to the dress.
The extra polka dots at the shoulders added a little interest to the neckline area. I tucked the new sleeve into the armhole and stitched along the seam that was already there. That will make it look like the sleeves have always been there.
I liked how the sleeves turned out but you don't have to sew new sleeves when you shorten a dress. You can just start cutting and hemming. I needed to decide what length dress I wanted. This was the fun part of this refashion project.
I shortened the dress a little and I still felt a little frumpy. This wasn't a great length for me. That's OK, I can try again.
I went a little shorter in length. I liked this length much better. But what if you don't want a dress at all?
What about a tunic length top to wear with leggings? The dress had a waist tie that I tied in front for this look.
I kept going and made a shirt that was more office wear/business casual. I know a lot of people are going back to work in person now. That means work clothes. This top was great for work. I cut the waist tie off and I had a nice t-shirt style shirt to wear.
You can see each cut I made in the dress here. It was fun to try each length and I learned a lot about what I like as I was sewing and trying the dress on over and over. Each time I shortened the dress I turned the edge under twice and stitched it down with my sewing machine. I hope this helps you decide what length dress you might want for your next dress refashion.
- Dress (On hand)
- Thread (Sewing Supply Store)
- Sewing Machine (Sewing Supply Store)
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