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!
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