Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ugly shorts to dress refashion


On a crazy whim, I took a pair of (really) ugly shorts, and refashioned them into this fabulous dress:



Dress: Made by ME! Shoes: Fred Meyer c. 2008, stolen from my mom, Fedora: Target

I found these ugly shorts ever at a thrift store. They were culotte style shorts from what was clearly the very early 90's...ugh! Even the word 'culottes' is hideous!  They were too long and just so unflattering it hurt, but I loved the really cute blue and white pattern. Tiny triangles! So fun. I've been really into triangles lately.

In addition to loving the print, the gathered elastic waistband was the perfect size for a high waisted skirt. Aaaaannnd this pair of ugly shorts was only $2! So I bought them, thinking I could try turning them into a skirt. It turned out that as a skirt it was really hard to style, so I made it into a tank dress instead.

Here are the before and afters of the ugly shorts, and the dress I turned them into:


That picture should really be called the "before and after a tan" picture. Dang I was pasty! Do I look dead to anyone else? Seriously.

But I digress. To refashion these shorts I turned them inside out and used my seam ripper on the seam that runs up the inside of each thigh and across the crotch. Then I laid them out flat and cut off the extra fabric so that it was now skirt shaped. After I had the shape I wanted I sewed them up where the dotted red lines are with a basic running stitch:


It was still a little too long, so I had to cut and re-hem the bottom. But even then when I tried on my new skirt I still didn't love it. I didn't quite like how the skirt was fitting, it was a little too long and was sitting weirdly on my hips. So I decided it needed to be a dress instead! I sewed the elastic waist of the skirt to a striped t-shirt I had in my refashion pile, hacked off the sleeves of the t-shirt and there you have it.

Even though it's a little crazy because of the mixed patterns (and you all know I love me some pattern mixing!), I love how it turned out:


I styled the dress with a classic straw fedora and brown wedge heels for a cute and fun summery look with a slightly menswear, slightly nautical vibe. What do you think? Do you like the patterns together or is it too much, and/or how would you have styled it? I always love hearing what you have to say!

~Jessica


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57 comments:

  1. Oh, no the patterns are perfect together! I love it, great job!!

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  2. Wow, Love what you did here! A great innovative idea! xoxo,

    Heather P:)
    http://spunkyrealdeal.blogspot.com
    http://virginiabloggerclub.blogspot.com

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  3. Sooo cute! Love it! :) I love finding things at thrift stores and making them new!

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  4. You did such a good job re-styling them!!

    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

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  5. definitely look much better now :)

    Myric @ http://myricandreasen.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks! I think so too, although it is really hard to tell if that's just because I'm tan now!

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  6. Look at you go! Rockin' your fedora!!! Good job on your cute dress!!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I loooooove my fedora, you'll be seeing it a lot over the next few weeks. I realized after I took pictures that I wore it in about 3/7 outfits, lol!

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  7. That's awesome! I never would have guessed those were shorts! Great look!

    P.S. I found you through the blog hop!

    xox

    Jordan

    http://thattallgirlinheels.com

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  8. I love the finished dress (and the tan)

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  9. This is great! I do like the patterns together!

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  10. Love you in a hat. Great pattern as well. Visiting from WIWW.

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  11. SO cute!! What a great refashion!

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  12. So cute what a fabulous refashion!!! Love your blog. New follower. Hope you stop by and check out my blog and follow back! I would love to have you!

    www.nightchayde.blogspot.com

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    1. Of course! Thanks so much for the follow!

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  13. The patterns look great together, your new dress is fantastic. Super Cute.

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  14. It actually looks pretty good. Great job!! Now if only I could do stuff like that. :)

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  15. The skirt turned out great! Much better than those shorts, haha! Wish I could sew, you make it look so easy. Visiting from the Whatever Wednesday blog hop today :)

    xo

    Lindsay
    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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  16. Wow. It does look so much cuter after you worked your magic!

    ~Christy
    http://www.christyBphotography.com/blog

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  17. What a good idea! I've never heard of that, turning shorts into a cute skirt. It looks great.

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  18. Awesome refashion! Love the outfit! If you get a chance, please link up to my What We Wore Party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/06/what-we-wore-3.html

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    1. Sure! Thanks for the heads up on the party!

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    2. Thank you so much for linking up to my What We Wore link Party! Hope to see more from you next time.

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  19. Wow! Coolness. You did a great job and I would totally wear that awesome skirt.
    xo
    Taylor
    http://www.nothingbutapigeon.com/

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  20. I love it, awesome refashion! Welcome! I'm so happy that stopped by and joined Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party. I hope we'll be seeing you again!

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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  21. I think it turned out really cute! Oh and the word culotte makes me shudder... That is a fashion trend I hope doesn't return.
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  22. I love how this upcycle/refashion came together!! I love the mix of patterns. Great job!!
    Stopping by from Ginger Snap Crafts link party and your newest follower here, FB, BL and Pinterest.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2013/06/update-and-es-lounge-pants.html

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  23. love this!!! Thank you for sharing at the hop. I featured it on facebook xo

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  24. This is genius! It turned out to be such a darling dress! I love the nautical feel and it looks so perfect with your cute sunhat. Plus, your hair is super pretty.
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  25. Awesome refashion! I really need to go to thrift stores with sewing in mind! I really love the mixed prints that you went with!

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  26. This came out SO cute! I'm super impressed how it turned out. I can barely sew a button :) Thanks for linking up with us...can you please just add the link to my blog to this post?

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Sure Sharon! We keep a master list of linky parties we use on a separate page, I will add a link to that so people can find it!

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  27. Love it! The pattern mixing is great!

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  28. Oh goodness that is an amazing transformation! That dress is so adorable for summer! Great job! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty.

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  29. What a cool look for summer and I love the transformation - so cute!

    Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Sharon and Denise
    BeBetsy

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  30. WOW. Those were some ug-a-LY shorts, and it turned into an extremely cute dress! Nice job!

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  31. Well done, it is one very sweet dress!

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  32. Oh wow, I remember the word "culottes"--I thought those were ugly back then, and I wasn't even in double digits in the 90s! :P You definitely improved those a lot!

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  33. Wow, you did a great job with this. I would have never known this dress started as a pair of ugly shorts! haha
    Inge
    This Ever Evolving Life

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  34. Awesome job, girls! Love the new look.
    I'm visiting today from Better With Age I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  35. You've been FEATURED on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT No. 11. http://bebetsy.com CONGRATS TO YOU!

    Grab a featured button here http://bit.ly/11S2wN1 then tell all your friends and family - they will be impressed!

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  36. Love this post! Great pair of shorts - I neeeed to learn how to sew!

    Heather
    www.parsimoniousswank.blogspot.com

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  37. Sweet up cycle! Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/07/bicycle-basket-up-cycle.html

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  38. Oh, how cute! Yay for up-cycling projects!
    Sarah @ Domestically-Made.com

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  39. Very cute!! Pinning! Stopping by from ALl Things Pretty Linky!

    Christine :)
    http://www.myepicureanadventures.com

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  40. Awesome!!! I love what you did, very cute -love the hat too :) Thanks for linking up at Loves on a Thursday!

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  41. That dress is amazing! You did such a great job! It looks like stuff that's being sold in all the stores right now...but better. Thanks for linking up and hope to see you back this Friday.
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  42. Super cute!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  43. Love it. I am all about the mixing patterns. You make me wish I had taken a sewing class in school. :D Nicely done. Thanks for sharing on beColorful
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  44. Ugh, those were shorts? What a weird concept for a garment. The dress is adorable, though! And looks super comfortable. I'd love to see it on Kollabora, the crafting and DIY community. We don't have much refashioned stuff over there, but some of the coolest homemade clothes I've seen originated that way. I want to find some thrift-store ’90s clothes so I can try some of the things you've done!

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  45. What a great refashion! You are absolutely right about the shorts. :) Love the dress, super cute!

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