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Refashion: Summer Dress

It’s the last week of Refashion Runway and a winner is due to be crowned next week!

I haven’t made it through to this round, but pop on over for a refashion feast anyway and vote for your favourite!

Offsquare.com refashioned this ugly wonder into a stunning summer dress. She does tons of inspiring refashions!So, this last challenge is themed “summer dress”. While it is winter here, I’m still really excited about this one. I found this “vintage” doozy a month or so back and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Offsquare.com refashioned this ugly wonder into a stunning summer dress. She does tons of inspiring refashions!

The back pre-refashion

First I turned it around backwards (as below) and drew a new neckline.

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I unpicked the lace (unsure what to do with it at this stage) and cut away the neckline,

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then I sewed the back (formerly the front) together to form a deep “V”, tapering off the join in the lace for a nice mitered finish..

Then the sleeves were unpicked, salvaging all the lace as I went..I sewed two strips of the lace together to make one wide strip. Same again with the other two strips you see below,

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then I unpicked the skirt and created a bodice from the top. I did this by pinning darts into the front at the waist and also below the shoulder at the arm hole, before joining these darts together over the bust to create a nicely tailored “princess seam”.

The lace strips were then attached to the bottom of the bodice where the waistline is.
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The skirt was shortened, gathered and then sewn onto the lace.

Because the dress is so tailored, I added an invisible zip into the side seam too.

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To finish off, the armholes were handsewn down and I used the excess skirt fabric to make bias binding for the new neckline (after I cut away that extra lace I’d left there at the start).
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After hemming the skirt, I was all done!

Amazing refashions from thrift store purchases. Love this blog!

Amazing refashions from thrift store purchases. Love this blog!

I LOVE the back of this dress. Definitely my favourite part and something I’d like to repeat on another refashion sometime.

Amazing refashions from thrift store purchases. Love this blog!

Amazing refashions from thrift store purchases. Love this blog!

Amazing refashions from thrift store purchases. Love this blog!

Here’s the before and after again for you:

Amazing refashions from thrift store purchases. Love this blog!

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39 Comments

  1. Ingrid

    Sorry you didn’t make it through to the next round, but I’ve really enjoyed your refashions. I think this turned out really nice and I love the V with the lace on the back. Great job.

  2. I agree with you all! The back is so darling! I love the lace accent! And the vintage print is too cute! Great job! 🙂

      • Thanks! I feel the same! 🙂 This has been so much fun! I’m not going to know what to do with myself now that it’s over! I’ve been putting so much time and energy into it!

      • Exactly! I think I need a week or two off from sewing before doing more refashions though 🙂 I’ve needed to regroup a little today and get some fresh direction, it’s really consumed me over the last few weeks!

      • I’ve been thinking of a lot of quick and easy refashions that use up scraps! I have accumulated quite a few scraps over tha last few weeks!

  3. it looks fantastic. well done on making it to the second to last week. You’ve done some fantastic creations. I hope you’ll complete the final challenge anyway xx

    • Thanks Miriam, you’ve all be so encouraging! The summer dress is the last challenge, so I’m feeling really satisfied to have completed them all. Will need a week or two break from sewing now though!

  4. I love the back, a total transformation! Were you cold taking these pics? I’m kind of shivering just looking at you!

    • Lol, yes!! After taking the pics, I wrapped back up in my woolen coat and went straight home to warm up by the fire again! 🙂

  5. Catherine

    LOVE the back!
    4 more weeks and I’ll be there and we can sip on coffee together SQUEE

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    • Thanks so much Laura! If I end up doing it on too many refashions though, give me a sharp kick 🙂

  7. Nay

    Oh no – you need to sneak back into the competition, I actually like your Summer dress the best 😦

      • Nay

        I did apply, I just didn’t get through 😦 Worked out well though as the last few weeks have have been really busy and I would have been stressed out of my brain trying to keep up!

      • Oh, that’s a shame! Would’ve been nice to be in it with you. Don’t let it put you off trying again though 🙂

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