Refashion: Making Maxi Modest

Last week I posted about this wonderful maxi dress that Jenny at jem apparel was kind enough to send me. You may remember me mentioning my plans to refashion it so no layering was required.

I am pretty stoked with how it turned out.

I tried to take pictures as I went, but they didn't turn out as well as I would like. So, a verbal discription will have to suffice.

First, I used a seam ripper to remove the tag at the back of the dress. Then, I took scissors and cut the lining of the bodice just above it's seam with the skirt. Then, I cut the straps along the seam that faces the collarbone to open it up to a cap sleeve. I folded the lining up at the back, did a rolled hem and secure it to the strap. Repeat in the front. Then I had to secure the loose part of fabric from the strap that was becoming the new sleeve. If you can follow any of that you deserve some sort of medal. Because it sounds really confusing. I should hire someone to take pictures while I am working because I stink at taking meaningful photos as I go. Feel free to write me an email if you have questions.

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  1. That's awesome! The dress is a gorgeous color, and the refashion looks fantastic. It is great to have a dress you can just throw on without anything else you have to layer with it. Great job!

  2. I think you did a really fantastic job on this piece! I always have the same trouble with dresses, etc, especially because I like for my upper arms to be covered to feel comfortable wherever I am. Something about exposed shoulders makes me feel vulnerable... Thanks for featuring this!!!

  3. Wow, you are amazing. The dress looks great! And it's incredible that you now get to wear it without layering -- that's a major bonus. I love that you're featuring more refashions on your blog; it's inspiring!

  4. Love what you did! You are going to really like this dress in a few months when it's blazing hot! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I just gasped out loud- this is just gorgeous!! I thought at first that you found matching fabric but using the lining is even more impressive. I love the shape of the sleeve and that you can wear it without extra bulk. Pinning for later! :)

  6. Wow - I'm so impressed! It looks great! I feel like I should send these pictures to the designer!


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