In May of last year, I purchased this dress on eBay. I loved the starry pattern (If you read my fashion blog, you will quickly learn I am a sucker for stars), but not so much the cut. The blousey waist wasn't doing my figure any favors, and the weird high-low hem wasn't helping. I really wanted to refashion the dress into something more flattering, but, though I tried it on in so many ways, I couldn't figure out what to do.
|Some of the many ways I envisioned re-making this dress|
Then, using another skirt as my guide for the bottom edge, I cut the bottom into a more typical skirt shape.
After this, I was just stumped as to how to make a closure for the back. I have a fear of zippers, so my solution was some healthy procrastination!
I was only inspired to start on this project again a year later, when I didn't have anything to wear for my birthday party. At 12 midnight, with the party only 12 hours away, I decided it was high time to finish what I'd started!
Because it was so late, the light was bad, and I was rushing, I really didn't take a lot of pictures.
But my steps, in a nutshell, were:
- Cut open the back of the top and install a zipper. I had a bright green zipper that I'd removed from a retired purse, and I thought it was a nice funky accent to the green of the dress.Unlike most garments, this zipper is fixed at the top and opens at the bottom, so that I can pull it over my head, then reach behind myself and zip it up – er, down – without assistance.
- Hem the bottom edge of the top, making it into a crop top.
- Remove a few inches from the side of the skirt so that it exactly matched my waist size without elastic. For the liner, I did this by taking in the side seams. For the outer layer, a series of darts did the trick.
- Cut about 6 inches down the back of the skirt to make space for a zipper.
- Attach the zipper. Sadly, I had only one bright green zipper in my stash, so I had to make do with a mismatched white one for the skirt. Beggars can't be choosers, right?
- Reattach the skirt liner to the outer layer, forming the seam at the waistband.
- Make a rolled hem for the bottom of the skirt.
P.P.S. I was in a particularly creative mood for this refashion—so I made it into a poem! Check it out on my blog, The Unfashionista!