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Friday, September 02, 2016

A Dress Refashion! Too Short To Just Right!

I bought this gorgeous denim Gloria Vanderbilt dress at the recent 50% off Thrift Days at Value Village for only $7.50 after discount and I figured it would be a good dress for a refashion.
I love the dark denim wash, it looks like new and it has pockets.  But alas, it is a bit short for me.  As you can see in the photo, it has it's own tie belt which is sewn in at the back.  I didn't quite know at first what I wanted to do to lengthen it.  I have several pairs of jeans in my refashion pile, but none of them were the same colour wash.  I considered using a contrasting fabric, but then I thought, hey, I don't really like the tie belt anyways, so why not use that!
Here is the belt sewn in.
Here is the dress with the belt removed.
So what I did was measure the length of the hem, divide it in half and figure out how long my pieces of belt should be to create the new hem.
What I didn't account for was the  stretch of the fabric, so when I got around to the middle, my pieces were too short.  So a quick little refashion of the left over scraps and I made an insert to widen the hem pieces.
Now the dress is three inches longer and I can wear it with any belt I choose. It does need a little ironing though. I also sewed down the button placard from the waist to about 8 inches from the hem to keep the skirt from gaping.  I am quite pleased with how my dress lengthening turned out, it feels much more comfortable to wear and only took about 30 minutes to do, even with the goof that I made and the rapid scramble to repair the problem. What do you think of my little refashion?  Cheers, Michele. Check out my blog Here!


jennifer elliott said...

Simple fixes makes all the difference sometimes! Great job!

Jennifer, EOD

Vintagethrifter51 said...

Thank you! Cheers, Michele

Chickie Walsh said...

I love the belt used as extra length. Very smart.Dark denim always looks modern and fresh. Nice refashion.