Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Swap

Well, today's dress comes courtesy of two separate pieces.  The first I got at a thrift store for $1.50.

On its own, the dress is pretty okay.  I could have taken it in, hemmed it up, added a belt, and it would have been fine.  But I was feeling adventurous.  Plus, a friend of mine gave me a bunch of hand-me-downs and one dress was sticking in my mind.

See, he has to be involved in everything.

I really liked this dress.  Again, it was cute all on it's own but I needed something different.  So I decided what these two dresses really needed was a swap.  I began by separating the bodices from the skirts.

I was pretty nervous about this whole operation.  I've never taken apart two perfectly good clothing items.  Then the idea of putting them back together again???  I really didn't have much of a plan when I started.  I just busted out my seam ripper and went for it.

Next I pinned the new bodice and skirt together to get ready for sewing.

This was a little tricky because I was dealing with an elastic waist band.  But once I sewed them together I was amazed to find it actually worked!

This was a truly exciting moment and really encouraged me to take future risks.  Unfortunately, from the side, due to the pleating, the dress looks a little too much like maternity wear.  I'm going to have to hang it in the closet until I have a legitimate reason for a maternity dress :)

Not pregnant.

In the mean time, stay tuned for the exciting recreation that comes from the other two pieces.


  1. Nice work! Sometimes you have to put aside the fear, grab the seam ripper and go for it. ;) I can't wait to see the other dress.

  2. You are genius my friend. I really like this one and can almost picture your next one. Good work my friend. I think you can start making your Christmas presents now...hint hint. ; )

  3. Sarah, I'm way ahead of you :)