Floral Dress to Top Refashion

Happy Earth Day! There are a lot of crazy things happening on this planet we call home, and whatever your views are, I think we can all agree that we need to treat the Earth with respect. There are a lot of ways to make our home a healthy and happy place to live, and while there are some extreme measures, there are smaller practices as well.

In the world of sewing, there are a few practices you can use in everyday life to reduce your footprint. One of my favorite practices is recycling fabrics! Most of the time I use recycled fabrics in my handbags, and have actually saved a bunch of materials from landfills, which is something I’m pretty proud of. But in terms of my wardrobe, I loooove refashioning!

I went through my wardrobe a few weeks ago and discarded a lot of pieces that will go to my local Salvation Army. There were a few pieces that I still loved, just didn’t wear. I had a moment of pause when it came to this dress I bought in college. I wore this dress all the time. It was my go-to item to feel fun and flirty but put together all at once. I still love the print, I just wasn’t feeling the dress length or ruffle on the garment. Nothing a sewing machine and pair of scissors couldn’t fix!

Floral Dress to Top Refashion - Trish Stitched

I took inspiration from this beautiful Alexis Top I found through pinterest. Since this dress started as a wrap dress, a few folds, buttons and a quick hem turned this into a top!

Floral Dress to Top Refashion - Trish StitchedFloral Dress to Top Refashion - Trish StitchedFloral Dress to Top Refashion - Trish Stitched

Floral Dress to Top Refashion - Trish Stitched

I made a little video showing my process, and you can see how easy this refashion was!

Refashioning is such a great way to “go green” within your own wardrobe. I usually refashion pieces I already own, but love the adventure of going to the thrift store and imagining ways to re-use others discarded items.

A few other tips to go green in your sewing space:

  • Remember to turn your machine off when not in use! I am so guilty of this, I’ll leave my machine on for hours, even if I’m not sewing. It just takes a second to flip the switch on & off, but can help save a bit of electricity. (This goes for your iron as well!)
  • Use reusable bags when fabric shopping (or shopping in general). I’ve obtained many JoAnn’s bags over the years, and they get recycled but take it a step further and leave a reusable bag in your car to take with you while shopping.
  • Tomato Sauce jars and other glass bottles can make great storage. I use old milk bottles, popcorn containers and other jars to hold my collection of buttons.
  • Have a lot of scraps? Save them! I have a bag of scraps going that will become stuffing for future projects. I also like to save the larger pieces to use for smaller projects.

Do you have any “green” tips for sewing? Share them in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

9 thoughts on “Floral Dress to Top Refashion

  1. Yes! This post is so important as to the issue of *ahem* heating on our planet! What a great transformation, and green tips! I often leave my iron on for hours since it has an “auto shut off”. I usually get my furniture/ decorations at garage sales rather than the store ☺. Lovely post!

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  2. ohmygosh this is so gorgeous! What a great refashion choice for spring – I am super inspired to go find a great spring print wrap dress to turn into a shirt … I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled in the thrift store although I think I’m creating a pretty tall order here

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    1. Thank you so much! I do find wrap dresses hard to find (even in regular retail stores!) but you can probably make something similar with a dress in a larger size, just cut the dress straight down in the front and you should have plenty of material to work with! Thank you for commenting!

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