I discovered a marvelous wool blend dress at the flea market and crossed my fingers that the slim-looking bodice would be wide enough to accommodate my generous chest.
No such luck!
Thankfully, after more than few months of indecision over how to refashion it into something I could comfortably wear inspiration struck:
Here’s how I upsized that bodice-squeezing dress into a fun, chest-fitting frock!
In keeping with this month’s Refashioning 101: The 2 for 1 Upcycle theme I’ve come up with an adorable quick fix for a too small dress + a simple trick for camouflaging unwanted prints!
Head to Dream a Little Bigger & discover how to create a darling dress refashion AND get rid of an annoying t-shirt graphic! (this tutorial also works brilliantly on grown-up gear!)
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 thrifted a phenomenal vintage dress and jacket set for a mere €5!
The only problem?
Measuring 150cm from shoulder seam to hem, it appears to have been originally created for a gorgeous glamazon – as I’m 156cm tall (in shoes) some rather drastic refashioning was in order!
Here’s what I did:
Whip up a few super easy DIY dresses and revitalize your wardrobe with some fabulous Spring style!
Raid your closet, sift through your stash, head to Dream a Little Bigger and let’s get makin’!
Hmmm…what to do with a shapeless sleeveless dress?
Shorten it a bunch and use the chopped bottom & my oldie but goodie splendid sleeves tutorial to create a groovy short sleeved shift dress!
Puffed sleeves are the worst, ugh!
I was lucky enough to thrift a fabulous velvet & wool dress in my Scottish clan tartan when I lived in London & then it sat packed away in 2 different countries until fate had me inherit a sewing machine and teach myself how to use it thus allowing me to begin my upcycling journey & finally refashion the dress into something I’d actually wear:
Here’s my fast fix for those puffy shoulder lumps + the solution to a silly refashionista mistake that I make more often than I like to admit:
When I spied Kristi’s quick fix for a dowdy vintage dress I knew I had finally found the refashioning key to unlocking the frumpy frock that had been languishing in my stash for far too long:
Here’s the snappy step-by-step:
Make that oh-so-comfy tank-dress fit for fall with a couple of manly additions…
Snag that dowdy dress from the back of your closet & transform it into two wonderfully wearable pieces with my next webisode: