Refashion Nip And Tuck

While radical refashions are fun for the surprise element, often garments just need a nip and tuck to give them a new life and a new look.


Take this dress, for instance.  The fabric is a pretty floral with a modern touch (lime green!).  It was only $3 at the thrift store.  And, I thought it wouldn’t take much to make it a new summer dress, which I needed and wanted.


It only took about 1-1/2 hours to take it from frumpy to fun. I widened the neckline from suffocating to just below my collar bones.  Then, shortened the sleeves about 1-inch.  Next was the hem.  It was a little long, and plain.  So, I cut off two 2″ widths and turned them into a narrow ruffle.  Finally, the bodice was too wide, so I added a two darts and pleats to the front, removed the ties and replaced them with a belt.


Now I am the one all dressed up with no place to go.  But, just sitting here at the computer in my new outfit makes me feel pretty and fresh, even in nearly 100F heat.

16 thoughts on “Refashion Nip And Tuck

  1. what a beautiful you I love the fabric and would have noticed it right away…you did a great job of are so clever..

  2. What a difference! I’d be much better dressed if I lived next door to you and could pick your brain. =) It’ll be great for school or church.

  3. Love this. When I was in my 20s and 30s, my mother would pass on her very nice dresses to me and I just needed a nip and tuck here and there to make them fit. Some of them became my favorite dresses.

  4. A good point to remember – small changes can make a big overall difference. Love the fabric of your dress and the new hemline. Looks lovely!

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