First, let me apologize for how amazingly pasty, blue-white I am in these pictures. Avert your eyes, lest ye be blinded. You've been duly warned!
(I'm working on a tan so I won't be blinding to visitors to our blog unexpectedly in the future, but it's a work in progress.)
But once you can see past my glaringly untanned whiteness, isn't the dress adorable? I refashioned a questionable 90's era "vintage" romper (it kills me that this is considered "vintage" but I digress...) into this really cute and perfect for spring purple dress.
My favorite part of this dress is the cut-out and buttoned back detail, which shows off just a tiny bit of skin without being too crazy. Honestly, this is what sold me on buying the original piece to refashion, even more then the color, which I love:
As I mentioned, this adorable purple dress started out as a slightly less adorable '90's era romper. Yuck.
Here's the romper in it's glory, before I altered it
I liked the color, the textured fabric, the pleats at the front were interesting, and the gathered waistband in the back was comfy and flattering, but...
...eeeeewww, it's a romper. I don't "do" rompers, even though they've been super trendy for the last couple of summers. Any outfit I would have to completely remove in order to pee is completely out of the question! Just no. I don't have time for that. Also, it was too big in the waist and torso.
But I loved the adorable cut out triangle and button back detail:
The first thing I needed to fix though, was the awful romper/shorts part. I used this tutorial for turning a pair of ugly 90's shorts into a skirt I posted last year to make the bottom into a skirt.
Yeah, those shorts needed to go, big time. Unflattering doesn't even begin to describe this with shorts.
Once I had converted the bottom, I tried the dress on inside out. It was still a little too big, so I pinned it in on both sides (while I was wearing it, ouch!):
Once I knew how far to take it in, I pinned in both sides and sewed them using a simple straight stitch. I also made sure that both sides were evenly taken in, and any seams across the front matched at the sides still:
And I have a cute new dress for the spring! Now it fits perfectly, and all I had to do was alter a couple of seams! Luckily the hemline for this dress ended up being perfect too, so I didn't even have to hem it.
This dress just proves that you shouldn't always pass up a piece of clothing with good bones just because it isn't perfect! Sometimes a little love can turn a weird piece into something fantastic.
So there you have it, this purple dress is the first of what I'm sure will be many, many spring/summer refashions and sewing projects. But while you're waiting to see what we come up with this year, you can always check out our sewing page to see what we've done in the past!