Recycle, Reuse Refashion III

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

This is a beloved dress from my college years, more exactly, my hippy college years. Who am I kidding, I am still a hippy, but I just dress more preppy now.

And since I would not be caught wearing this dress anytime soon, but it has such a pretty print, I decided to cut it up and refashion it!

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

First I made this little top for Penelope. It’s the same basic idea of a pillow case dress, but I cut it short to be a top and only did the front to make it a halter.
To gather the back, I just did two darts. You could probably also do elastic or a basting stitch.

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

Then I made myself a head scarf. Which I can’t use anymore now that I have chopped off all my hair.  Well, maybe I could. I guess people with short hair can still wear scarfs in their hair, I will have to try!

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

I also attempted to make myself a shirt, similar to the Snappy Baby Dress I made, but I sewed the yoke together instead of doing two pieces with snaps. I used a shirt I have in the same style and tried to make a pattern from it. I did well on the actually assembly of the shirt, but I got the sizing wrong. The armholes are too short and it doesn’t fit my boobs. Oh well, I am sure I can figure out how to save it and turn it into a dress for Miss P.

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  1. Jen and Eric says:

    I just thought I'd let you know that this post inspired me to take an old lacy shirt — which will never fit my post-pregnancy self again — and transform it into a tiny dress for my little one! Thanks for sharing your process — I had a great deal of fun reading about your success and then trying my hand at a little sewing again (haven't done much of that lately)!

  2. That is great Jen! I would love to see a picture when you are done!


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