You know that long list of things we want to do and barely get to? For me, it’s sewing projects but more specifically, re-fashion projects. Re-fashion means taking clothing items and turning it into a new item. I’ve done this with a cardigan a while back and been meaning to do a few re-fashion projects but I ended up not getting to it. This time around I decided to refashion a maxi dress that was a size L that I did not have a photo of the original because I was not planning on creating a blog post for the project. The dress was divided into three pieces and I unpicked all three pieces along with the elastic and sewed the top and middle part back without the elastic.
I realize I still had so more work on this project and decided to start photographing my process at this point.
- I laid out the dress on my measuring board to see how much I was going to be cut off. (I folded in the seam to have a better idea)
- .Cutting time!
- I cut about an inch or so off both sides of the dress.
- I cut across the top and bottom pieces. I didn’t measure how much I cut off from the top piece but I folded in the top piece and eyeball how much I felt was enough. (This is the remaining fabric after I cut the top piece)
- I folded in the seam by about a half inch so I can estimate how much to remove.
- Used my serger on the long and wide side of the material (did this six times).
- Sewed the back and front of the top part.
- Sewed the back and front of the bottom part
- Sewed the top and bottom together
- The elastic was next. I did wear the shirt without adding the elastic first because I was longing to wear something I made out in public. I had the option of leaving it looser but I wanted the shirt to have a final touch.
- This was my first time sewing an elastic band since my high school fashion design class (8 years ago!) I was nervous and saw an online tutorial on how to do it first.
- The way I did it was I took the electric piece and put it around my waist to see how tight I wanted it to be. I then pinned the band around the shirt and slowly sewed over it.
My favorite part about wearing this shirt is letting people know I made this from a maxi-dress 😉