Sunday, April 21, 2013

women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Last week I bought this Liberty of London for Target dress at thrift (for $6!). It's technically "my size" but it is incredibly shrunken and looks awful on me to boot. Sad! But the fabric is still gorgeous. I mean, it's Liberty of London! And luckily it was almost the right size to turn it into a maxi dress for my daughter, but it was a good three inches too long.



Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Originally I thought I would just hem it up, but then I looked at it closely. It has a really pretty double layered hemline with two different kinds of fabric. It's so cute I couldn't destroy it. Look at those tiny white and blue flowers!

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

so I had to figure out a way to shorten it without hemming. Since the skirt and the elastic smocked top were two different pieces sewn together, I figured I'd just take them apart and take those three inches off of the top.

So I seam ripped them apart, taking the top from the skirt:

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Then I took the sides of the top in an inch on each side to fit my daughter better.

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Then I took the skirt piece and hacked three inches off of the top.

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Then I gathered the skirt again , and sewed it to the top piece with a zig zag stitch, so that it will still have some stretch.


Lastly I cut the straps off of the back (but not the front) of the dress. I measured how long the straps needed to be for my daughter's shoulders and sewed them back on.

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

The final result is amazingly adorable! She could not be happier with her "long dress." And if you love her headband, I show you how to make it here for only $0.66!

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Women's dress to girl's maxi dress refashion

Happy girl = Happy mommy!

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress and well done on the refashion!
    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 400 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/p/clothes-upcycling-projects.html

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  2. It looks great! My girls would love this!!

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  3. That is cute fabric! What a clever way to turn a dress into a smaller version. I never would have thought to take the pieces apart.

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  4. This is adorable and I really love your tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to write it up. I hope you will come link up to The CSI Project this week. The challenge is sewing. You can link up to 3 projects. Winners will be chosen by our guest judge.
    Come on over!
    www.thecsiproject.com

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  5. What a sweet dress! I love the fabric. :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Much Ado About Monday. We hope to see you back next week!

    Have a great weekend. :)
    ~Emily
    www.huckleberrylove.com

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  6. Great idea to keep the original hem by taking off at the waist! It looks so cute and a very proud model! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

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  7. Featuring YOU today! Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

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