Friday, March 19, 2010

The Red Dress

"You're crazy!" Was what my mother said to me when we passed this red dress at a St. Vincent's on my vacay in Wyoming. Yes, I even thrift store shop on vacation...

"Just wait mom, this baby has major potential," I replied simply and promptly paid $2.75 for it. And I was right. Jump to the end of the post for the grand reveal or follow how I did it with these twelve easy steps:


How to turn a 70s shirt dress into a retro-chic piece any fashionista would want.

Let's Get Started:


Measure down the length of the arm to determine where to cut. I actually put the dress on and pinned where I wanted the cuff to hit. If you want to keep the long sleeves, skip to step 10.

Try to flatten your sleeve out as much as possible to get an even cut.

Make your cut

I cut about an inch and a half below my pin to allow for creating a cuff

Made a 5/8 inch cuff by folding over once

And folding over again and pinning

Finished the edge using a quarter inch presser foot and aligning the left folded edge with the inside left side of the presser foot

Created a pleat in my sleeves by folding the center in a 1/2 inch and sewing over that area again

Then to make the cuff look professionally finished, I sewed a piece of the belt that was around the original dress' waist. I think the added fabric makes the sleeves.

Cut the fabric left from your sleeves into one and a half inch strips and sew all together into one long strip

Created a ruffle by folding the long strip up onto itself and sewing down the middle. Once you have a long string of ruffles, fire seal the edges like we did in the baby headband tutorial.

Now I don't have a picture for this, but I cut off the dress shirt collar, folded it under and sewed all around the top to keep it down. Then I pinned and sewed the ruffle around the collar. To keep the functionality of the buttons, I simply tacked the ruffle in between each button with a couple of stitches by hand.

Voila! I love it. Add a belt and a jacket and I'm in heaven! What do you think?


Sending linky love to the following parties: New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative, Great Idea Day at Infarrantly Creative, Remodelholics Anonymous and Show and Share Day at Just a Girl. Go check out the other fantastic projects linked up to these parties!!!

23 comments:

  1. All I can say is WOW!! I never would have thought to do that....

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Nicole

    www.sobeautifullyinspired.blogspot.com

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  2. I’m popping over from The Girl Creative’s New Friend Friday. What an amazing transformation! Love your new dress. I may just drag out the sewing machine that's collecting dust in my closet now.

    Danielle from A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

    http://mybabyfaves.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm visiting from The Girl Creative's New Friend Friday. I never would have seen the potential in that dress. It turned out beautiful. Did you take those last pictures on your front porch? Because it looks almost exactly like mine. Weird! I read through your blog a little. I live in Utah too and I'm LDS also. Weird again! Have a beautiful day and weekend!

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  4. HOLY WOW! That looks awesome. Pretty darn good for under $3.00!

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  5. I am in awe! That's fantastic!

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  6. Love it, especially the ruffle trim in the middle.

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  7. Amazing. Can I just buy stuff and you fix it for me? I see potential in things but am lacking in know-how...guess I'll just keep reading your blog until I become brilliant! (keeping my fingers crossed)

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  8. Are you kidding me?! LOVE it! And thanks for spelling voila correctly. :)

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  9. WOW!

    These are the kinda posts that inspire me to learn to sew. It came out beautiful!!

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  10. HOLY COW! THAT is amazing! YOU have so much talent! The dress is so cute and fashionable and you look awesome in it! So glad I came here from remodelaholic! You've got a new follower!

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  11. I'm in awe of your talent! The dress turned out so cute. I found you from New Friend Friday and can't wait to take a look around your blog.

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  12. i think it rocks! a dress with great bones and you made it amazing. belt to cuffs--worked beautifully!

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  13. That is so clever.
    Of course you must visit thrift shops when away from home. Different people in different places throw different things out. xx

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  14. Yeah...you did n awesome job. The final dress is super cute. Saw you over at TGC NFF.

    Holly
    504 Main

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  15. The dress does look super cute on you Anna Rose. You have the best ideas sorry that I doubted you.

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  16. This was a different kind of project for me and I am so happy that it turned out so well. Thank you for all of the inspirational comments!

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  17. i just found out your blog and am a total fan!!! and that dress... is just amazingly beautiful! thank you for sharing all this creativness!

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  18. your closet must be full of really neat clothing... great transformation!

    Sandy

    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

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  19. I was sceptical at first just like your mother but it's cute and I'm amazed!

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  20. This was a fantastic idea! I hope you don't mind I would like to feature this project on my blog: www.sewfrugalandfashionable.wordpress.com
    Thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful!!!

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  21. This was a fantastic idea! I hope you don't mind I would like to feature this project on my blog: www.sewfrugalandfashionable.wordpress.com
    Thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful!!!

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