Here's another thrift store dress makeover! I picked up this dress because I loved the fabric (a nice swishy rayon), but the style was kinda "meh". I had originally planned to turn it into a skirt, but then I realized a button-up sundress could probably emerge from all that fabric! This is a pretty common dress style and shouldn't be hard to find at a thrift store. Go make one yourself!
Here we go:
I had to take in the sides first. (The picture above was taken after I had pinned!)
Then I had to decide on the height of my neckline. If you can see my yellow headed pins on that fabric, the first pin (from the right) marks where I intend to put a button, the second marking where I will cut across. Make sure you leave enough fabric to hem.
Starting from the armpit, cut across the front of the dress while making a slight arc. Notice I started a bit above the base of the armpit to leave enough fabric to hem (actually, I didn't leave quite enough and had to made it work!).
See the gentle arc?
On the back, however, I started about an inch above the base of the armpit and cut straight across.
Time to hem the top and bottom.
Because this is a button-up dress, you can unbutton it and hem straight across the top! Awesome, right?
I sewed a 1/2" hem.
To shorten the bottom, I made a mark while wearing the dress and cut accordingly in another gentle arc (this time I followed the dress's original hemline). I sewed another 1/2" hem.
|Have I mentioned how awesome working with a button-up dress is??|
To make the straps, I used the fabric I trimmed from the sides. There should, however, be plenty of fabric from the bottom to make straps. My straps are 1/2" x 17".
I sewed the straps in place twice - once directly over the hemline, and once right on the edge of the fabric. This helps keep the strap from pulling away from the dress.
I decided to have my straps meet at the back center.
Now what to do about that flappy bit left at the top....
Rather than make a new button hole (though you could), I added a snap above the top button and sewed a button on top of the snap (clear as mud, right?).
And there you go! I apologize for another horrible self-portrait. I've gotta start making the DH do this for me.