I thrifted that lovely vintage dress a few months after my darling daughter popped into the world and it fit my mammoth nursing chest and baby weight carrying body splendidly well – fast forward a few years and my gluten/lactose free lifestyle combined with chasing an energetic munchkin around has banished that excess baby weight and left me with a dress in dire need of an imaginative refashion!
Here’s what I did:
I snagged that too big dress from the back of my closet and a pair of sweatshorts.
I put on the dress and marked my desired length for a top then chopped on through leaving a bit behind for seam allowance.
I cut the sleeves to my desired length once again leaving a bit behind for seam allowance.
Then hemmed up the raw edges.
And added some vintage trim to the sleeves and bottom hem.
Next I snagged the chopped bottom of the dress and the sweatshorts.
I pleated and pinned the raw edge of the dress bottom just below the waistband of the shorts with right sides facing
and then zigzagged them together.
+ another zigzag over the outside seam for extra strength.
Replaced the drawstring of the shorts with the belt from the dress
and stitched some more of that fab vintage trim to the hem of the skirt!
And my just-had-a-baby dress was transformed into an adorable top and skirt (with built-in shorts)!
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