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#Refashion Friday Striped Jacket Refashion

Happy Saturday! (I know it’s supposed to be Refashion Friday but my photo shoot didn’t work out so we are a day late!) I hope everyone is safe and healthy in these uneasy times. Drew has been working from home for about 8 days and while it isn’t always easy to have us both working from home I am fortunate his job allows him to be isolating with me.

I haven’t been thrifting in a while, and within the past few weeks, I’ve seen most chain thrift stores shutting their doors, so while there should be no “in person” thrifting, this is a great opportunity to look through your wardrobe or a relatives wardrobe and refashion what you already have!

This week’s refashion was a simple one, but had a pretty big result! First, a little background on how this jacket came into my possession. A few weeks ago, my parent’s sold their farm (and if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ll know it’s where I used to work!) and had to do some downsizing. Since my mom no longer had to work the farm, she didn’t have a need for a lot of her clothes so her wardrobe got cleaned out. The piece I took with me was one of her old jackets! It has a lot of stains, but I love the style and have been obsessing over stripes lately, so I thought it would be a great wardrobe addition.

Refashion Friday: Striped Jacket Refashion - Trish Stitched

I really didn’t want to change much on this piece. The pockets are awesome, and I love the buttons detailing. All I really needed was a sleeve resize and to make the cut a little less boxy. This jacket is a Petite Petite, the smallest petite size, so this piece is meant to be boxy.  I really love the style, but usually can’t pull it off.

First step was to remove the sleeves and cut the new armhole. The shoulder seam had to come up around 2″ and from that point I reshaped the armhole and re-attached the sleeves. Whenever I cut a new armhole, it is always a little intimidating because I don’t want to cut too far. Something to remember is to leave enough room for a seam allowance!

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If your sleeve length already fits well, your sleeve will be re-attached shorter. For this piece, I let out the hem on the sleeve cuff to make the sleeve longer. It didn’t look the best, but I had some extra black canvas so I made new sleeve cuffs.

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To give a little extra fit to the jacket, I added a drawstring waist. It’s a really simple addition that gives a garment such a cute look. I cut black canvas 2 1/4″ x the waist length of my jacket. I stitched a buttonhole on each side where the cording would come out of the waist. Then I turned the edges of the canvas in 1/4″ and stitched the band on the inside of my jacket waist. Stitch the ends of the band a little further past the buttonholes to enclose everything.

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I am so happy with this transformation, and happy I can give this jacket a new life with me. I’m going to do a little experimenting to see if I can get some of the bigger stains out of the jacket but because of the ticking stripes, you can’t see the stains unless you are right on top of them.

There’s a video on my IGTV showing the steps to this refashion, and if you want to do a similar refashion – check it out!

A lot of my transformations lately haven’t been ‘extreme’ refashions because I’m still getting all my motivation and inspiration back. But I really love doing these smaller projects because they are quick, pretty easy and really fun to share. I love full refashions, but I love sharing any projects to inspire others who want to try out refashioning. I hope you are inspired to Stay Home & Sew!

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Purple Floral Magnolia Dress – With Craft and Thrift Shop

Happy Sunday! I hope you are safe and healthy wherever in the world you may be! Sewing helps to distract me, and calms me in times of uncertainty, so I hope my work can calm/distract you if only for a moment.

Part of my sustainable fashion journey is buying secondhand/sustainable fabrics, which can be difficult to come by. I’ve often talked about one of my local sources, Fab Scrap, but little online shops are popping up! They often have collections of deadstock, and thrifted fabrics, meaning there is a limited amount – and limited time – for purchasing. For me, this is the perfect way to shop for fabric because I love letting the fabric speak to me. That’s exactly how this dress came to be!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

Amy from Craft & Thrift Shop on Etsy reached out to me a few months ago about making a piece with fabric from her shop. Amy’s shop is filled with some of the most gorgeous secondhand fabrics, and this stunning print jumped out at me!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

I thought this material would make a great dress, and Deer & Doe Magnolia was the first dress to come to mind. I had seen such glamorous versions of this dress and have always wanted to make it. Having this fabric seemed like the perfect opportunity! My vision was View A with the full sleeve in midi length, since I knew I would be able to get more wear out of the shorter skirt. But, I realized I had plenty of fabric to go with the full length, so I wanted to test it out before making any final decisions.

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

I cut the full skirt length and full sleeves from my fabric – which thankfully juuuuuust fit! After stitching the bodice and skirt together (without sleeves) I took a progress photo and asked instagram what to do. It was a resounding yes to keeping the full length skirt. Quite a few comments also said to keep it sleeveless, which I was still on the fence about. But the comments that made the most sense to me were to keep the long skirt for now, and shorten it later if I want to!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

I still had dreams of the dress with full sleeves, so I had to try it out. I made one long sleeve and kept the other side sleeveless. I tried it on in front of the mirror and for Drew to help me decide. The full sleeve was definitely too overwhelming for me, so I cut the flutter sleeve from the full sleeve. And I think it is the perfect touch! I have a lot of sleeveless dresses, but I don’t have one with flutter sleeves!

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Pattern details: I made Magnolia in a size 36, I cut out view A with the plunging neckline but wound up stitching the neckline a little higher because the plunge was too open. The dress came together very smoothly, and quickly! Instructions were great, as was sizing.

Fabric Details: I chose this amazing purple floral print from Amy’s shop to make my dress. It was designed by John Kaldor, and is a woven polyester. Amy ships from Scotland so it was really cool to receive a package from overseas (and quickly!)

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

Shopping for fabric online can be tough. You can’t feel, you can’t see the true colors, all you can go on is the photos and description listed. What makes me thrilled to recommend Craft & Thrift Shop is because you get to buy from another seamstress, who knows what you want to know about the material. What’s the fabric content? What’s the best thing to make with the fabric? Bags or garments, a dress or pants? How about washing instructions? Amy has it all covered. Her shop is organized by fabric type, and she even sells notions, buttons and yarns! Here are some of my current favorites in her shop:

Vintage Orange Floral

Craft and Thrift Shop

Vintage Orange & Green Floral

Craft and Thrift Shop

Multicolor Polyester

Craft and Thrift Shop

Geometric Teal & Gold Upholstery

Craft and Thrift Shop

Oh, in case you were wondering why they are called flutter sleeves, the wind showed me why today!

Deer and Doe Magnolia Purple Floral Dress - Trish Stitched (with Craft and Thrift Shop)

{Fabric was gifted to me from Craft and Thrift Shop, but all opinions are my own}

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My Wedding Dress!

I can’t believe it has already been 4 months since Drew and I got married! Our wedding day was perfect – as was our wedding reception two weeks later. A little background, Drew and I wanted a more intimate ceremony and we said our vows on the rim of the Grand Canyon! Before Drew and I met, I had wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and when we were planning our first big vacation together, I suggested this as one of our destinations. When we first saw the Grand Canyon, I fell in love. Pictures just don’t do it justice and it is such an incredible location. We spent a day exploring, hiking and taking in all the beauty that surrounded us and it quickly became my favorite place.

My Wedding Dress - Trish Stitched

I have always wanted a small wedding. I would have happily been married at the courthouse, but after visiting Arizona, I knew that’s where I wanted to get married. I brought the idea up to Drew before we were engaged and he was more than happy to accommodate my request (good guy right there!). But Drew wanted to have a larger celebration so we also planned a reception back in New Jersey with extended family and friends.

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Since I taught myself to sew, my dream has been to make my wedding dress- and I was going to make it happen! I wanted something easy enough to walk in at the Canyon, but needed something elegant enough for our reception venue. I started researching gowns and fell hard in love with this silhouette. This was exactly what I wanted and spent weeks searching for patterns to help make this dress a reality. Then I took a pretty long break from wedding dress planning. I thought I had it all figured out. Silhouette was down- patterns found, no fabric but that wouldn’t be too hard. I didn’t need to think about the dress for a few months!

Then June came around and I wanted to start fabric hunting. I knew I didn’t want to upcycle a wedding dress, and my dream was to find reclaimed fabric. Fab Scrap totally came through and I scored three yards of this gorgeous floral mesh. I really wanted beaded fabric, but it is pricey and heavy. This material gave a similar feel of the adornment of beaded fabric, but without the weight and price tag. But I only had three yards to work with. Not one piece extra – and no way to get more. I also picked up a few yards of silk as the underlining for the mesh at Fab Scrap.

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Now with the extra motivational kick of having my fabric, I started on my first toile. First round went well, the top needed a few major modifications but pinning it in place on my body looked cute! Then I made another toile and it was miserable. I did the changes I had to make and they did not look good. Panic mode set in. I realized that the bodice silhouette was not meant for me. And I started scrolling through Pinterest non-stop to find something else I loved. A lot of the dresses I started pinning had this gorgeous slim and more modest bodice silhouette, and I loved the vintage vibe it was giving off. (inspiration here and here)

So back to pattern shopping I went! Thankfully it was easy to find a pattern for this, and I got back to work. I loved the skirt in the inspiration photo and built a similar pattern. After a toile of the bodice, I knew I was back on the right track and felt confident in the top. The skirt needed some tweaking. I made roughly three toiles of my dream skirt and perfected the fit. And then I realized that the florals on my fabric were not symmetrical- so I couldn’t properly fit my dream skirt onto the fabric. (I tried for hours to make it work- just it just didn’t). There was NO WAY I was going to get new fabric. SO it was back to the drawing board for my skirt.

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The only way I would fit my entire dress in the material would be to make a trumpet style skirt with a seam line above the knees. I had no idea if this style would work on me, but gave it a shot with two more toiles. I needed a little less flare than the pattern was giving me to fit the pattern on my fabric, so I had to tweak the bottom circle skirt multiple times. In total, I made about 10 skirts before feeling comfortable cutting into my real fabric.

To make the final dress, I wanted to make a test dress using fabrics close to what I would be working with. I bought a floral mesh from JoAnns that didn’t break the bank and created my final toile. When I was finished, I went to look in my mirror and started tearing up. It was perfect. The fit, the style, it was everything and more than I could hope for.

My Wedding Dress - Trish Stitched

Then it was time for the difficult part: cutting out the real fabric. It took two days to cut out my fabric. I would cut one piece, freak out a little, do some more measuring, take a break, and cut another piece. If at any point I got too nervous, I stepped away. There was no room to make a mistake. Here’s the fabric with my pattern pieces on top. The spaces without pattern pieces was where I could fit back pieces. 

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The last piece I had to cut was the back bodice, and I knew I needed to piece material together, but I needed to figure out where. I was able to make the seam line right where the sweetheart bodice ended in the back, so the seam line wouldn’t be as noticeable.

And here’s what I had leftover!

The dress was coming together beautifully. I had bought some material at Joann’s to make a test lining, and it fit so well I decided to keep that as my final lining (To go under the mesh and silk underlining). Everything was coming together, although time was getting short. I took my time with every aspect of the dress. The zipper gave me some trouble, as it was bubbling a bit. I took out the stitches and hand stitched the zipper in, and it helped with the back bubble. (Here it is before the fix)

The hardest part of sewing my dress was the hem. I had done a lot of research on horse hair braid and knew I wanted to use that to give my dress more flare. The issue with the horse hair braid was that it requires a very small hem, which scared me to death. I had to cut the bottom of the dress almost exactly where I needed it to fall. I had my mom pin the hem for me, but it didn’t come out even, so I had to pin it myself. Thankfully I had a dress form, so I put the height of the form to the height of my body. It took so many hours to get the hem right. It was literally perfect. I did let the dress “rest” before hemming, but it still grew just a little bit by the time I was wearing it for our reception. I finished my dress the night before we left for Arizona, although I had to do a little bit of hand stitching while we were there.

My Wedding Dress - Trish Stitched

I am so in love with my dress, and am so SO happy I decided to make it. I am a true procrastinator, but every single step I took was the step I needed to take to end up with this beautiful result. I am so proud of this dress.

Pattern info: The bodice is McCall’s 6838, and the skirt is a modified McCall’s 7569. The skirt was a mix of pattern pieces from both of these patterns, I took the pencil skirt from 7569, and mixed both bottoms/tails to get the final skirt. I tried to remove as many seam lines from the skirt to keep it sleek.

(The following four photos are from our New Jersey reception with photographer Jenna Wilde Photography)

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Extra Info: I wanted a little more bling and added a belt from David’s Bridal. The belt actually cost more than my fabric! I also wore a pin on my lining that was my Grandma’s. My “something blue” was floral hanger straps I sewed into the dress. My shoes were from DSW, rose gold to match my ring. Yes, I wore heels at the Grand Canyon, I didn’t want to be so short next to my 6’ tall husband!

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And one of my favorite parts, feeding each other cheesecake at the Grand Canyon!

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Everything was perfect, I’m so happy to finally be married to my best friend!

My Wedding Dress - Trish Stitched

Grand Canyon Photos from Jane in the Woods Photography.

#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing

#RefashionFriday Tier Dress Refashion

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. Actually, I can believe it- things have been a little hectic. Since my last blog post in August, I finished making my wedding dress, got married on the rim of the Grand Canyon and spent two weeks exploring National Parks with my new husband. Of course, there was a lot more that happened in the past few months, but those are some of the more notable moments!

I will definitely share my wedding dress/the process of making it when I get back some more photos! (But I will leave a few down below if you haven’t seen any on instagram)

While making my wedding dress, I had a lot of refashioning ideas, but didn’t have time to make any of them because my dress took way longer than expected. After my dress, and all the wedding planning, I didn’t feel like being creative at all! The past couple weeks I have been re-organizing life, sewing through a little bit of my stash (projects that have been on my list all year!) and designing new bags for my shop.

For a few months now I’ve been eyeing “tier dresses”, dresses with 2-3 gathered layers, and have been falling in love with the style. I was doing some pattern research and came across the Myosotis Dress and really fell in love! But before spending money on another pattern, I wanted to test how the dress style would look on me. Enter this sweet denim dress I picked up earlier in the year.

#RefashionFriday Tier Dress Refashion - Trish Stitched

This denim dress was very well loved – the denim has been washed a number of times and it has several stains, but I really loved the bodice detail and the velvet collar. It was a size small, so I didn’t have to do much fitting to it, but I was able to use the skirt for the look I wanted. I went off this photo for inspiration.

First step was to re-size the bodice a bit on each side. I also removed the skirt from the bodice and took out the pleats in the original skirt. The first tier of the skirt came out to be 10.5″ long. I gathered the skirt and reattached the first tier.

#RefashionFriday Tier Dress Refashion - Trish Stitched

To make the second tier a little bit of a quicker process, I measured from the bottom up to keep the original hem. I had to add about 7” to both side seams of the second tier to add more material to gather. There are additional seam lines on the sides, but I don’t mind. The second tier measures in at 9″.

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I also re-sized the sleeve slightly and took out a few inches on the shoulder. After that, I re-attached the ties to the side seams and my refashion was complete!

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I really love the style on me, I just have to be sure to watch the length. Going too long with this style dress can make me look frumpy, so a style right above the knee works well! I also need to watch the amount of gathering in each tier. I’ve had this issue before- adding too much gathering makes me look childish, so for me, it’s all about moderation with gathering!

This refashion came together quickly and would be easy to do with so many dresses! I could also see this as a cute upcycle for kids!

 

Looking for a little more inspiration? Here are some awesome tier dresses:

Have a Seamwork Account? This Amber Dress is so cute – I love the multi colored layers, another option for upcycling!

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This tutorial from peek-a-boo pages can be easily adapted for an upcycle project!

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Sara from The Sara Project also created a tier dress tutorial with trim!

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Happy Friday!

And here are some photos of our wedding and honeymoon! I will blog more about all of this soon!

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#RefashionFriday Romper to Dress!

It’s been two and a half months since my last refashion and in that time I’ve had three failed refashions. It has not been an easy time for me to be honest, because these projects really took a toll on my confidence. The projects didn’t work out because either the style didn’t work for my body or I didn’t plan the refashion well enough and didn’t realize how something would fall after a piece was removed.

It’s such a creativity killer to have a failed project. And it makes it harder to go into a new project because I don’t want to keep failing. I went into this refashion with little confidence, and little knowledge of how it would turn out.

In its time, this romper was probably really cute. It was a whole outfit of shorts, top and jacket put together in one piece! But time (and weather) did not treat it well. The shoulders had sun damage and the side had a few holes in it. But I loved the details like the fabric covered buttons and the mix of striped and solid fabric – and that bias trim was perfection!

#RefashionFriday Romper to Dress Refashion- Trish Stitched

I’ve had this piece in my closet for months because I really wanted to do something special with it. I had gone through several rounds of ideas with this piece, but ultimately cut into it with a general idea and no real plan. I figured it would either work or not but I had to try. A lot of my ideas would only work with more fabric, so I became a little limited. The one idea that remained consistent was turning the shorts into a skirt so that was my first step!

I really wanted to play with the jacket collar, and was hoping to keep the bias shown, but since it was attached to the “wrong side”, turning it out showed the facing. I tried to think of ways to hide the facing but nothing looked clean, so I scraped the idea and decided to turn the collar into the neckline. The only way to make this work would be to have the top curve of the collar turn into the shoulder seam.

Since I was moving the neckline, I had to re-cut the bodice front and back, which I was not expecting to do. I am not a pattern drafter, and don’t like going off my own patterns so this step made me SO nervous. I drafted a simple bodice front and back with a new curved shoulder. I mimicked the curve on the back so that I was able to remove the shoulder sun damage. I did this step fairly early on, and had to go back in a few times to re-size it.

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After stitching the bodice together, I had to re-attach the zipper, and gather the skirt. After reattaching the skirt, I wanted to finish the piece off with a belt! The belt is attached to the side seam of the dress. It loops around the back once, then the front and finally ties in the back. I had just enough fabric from the bottom of the “jacket” to make the belt – and kept the original ties!

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This refashion was a huge experiment. I had no idea if it would work but I think the end result is cute! While I love how the idea turned out, I have to admit, it is no where near perfect. This is a piece that looks great when you first put it on, but over time and with movement, things shift and don’t look quite right. You can tell from the photos that the belt scrunches the front and it doesn’t lay nicely. If I adjust and stand perfectly still, it looks great, but that isn’t wearable. There are a few other issues with this dress, the armholes got cut a little strange and the back feels too high up, but I really wanted to share this piece.

#RefashionFriday Romper to Dress Refashion- Trish Stitched

There are so many times in refashioning where ideas and projects don’t work out. It’s unfortunate when you put so much time and energy into a project but it doesn’t come out how you want it to. When that happens I think “the point of refashioning was to save the garment, and now that it failed you just wasted more fabric”. But I’m not chalking this up to a failed garment. I’m putting this project aside and thinking, let’s try that again! Just because this one didn’t come out perfectly doesn’t mean the next one wont.

Refashioning isn’t perfect. It’s far from it! There are so many things that could (and do!) go wrong. But one of the reasons I love refashioning so much is because it challenges my mind and tests my skills. I love looking at a garment and thinking, what else could this become?

So while I won’t be wearing this garment out on the town, I’m happy that I keep taking chances with refashioning. I think it’s an important lesson about sewing in general- you always have something to learn.

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Summer Floral Rumi Tank Dress

It has been some time since I’ve shared a finished project! And it certainly has been awhile since I finished something. I’ve actually been doing a lot of sewing, but a lot of projects  haven’t worked out. Since I’ve had a few fails, I needed something easy, quick and “fail proof”.

If there’s one thing I’ve been wanting in my wardrobe for years it’s been simple “throw on and go” dresses in summer. I thought I found it a few years ago in the Ebony Dress from Closet Case Patterns – and while I love this pattern, it isn’t as perfect as a dress for me (the top fits well but the dress is a little too flowy). I’ve had my eye on the Rumi Tank Dress from Christine Haynes for a year! I actually found it while searching for a replacement for my favorite summer dress that got a huge stain on. This pattern features a fitted tent silhouette, with a racer back and a separate hem band.

I took a trip to the new Fab Scrap store in Manhattan last month with the intention of finding fabric to make the Rumi Tank Dress and scored this awesome bright pink floral print! Typically pink is not my color – but it’s been growing on me over the years. I snagged two yards of it and went to work on my Rumi.

Summer Floral Rumi Tank Dress - Trish Stitched

Rumi sizing made me a little nervous. I’m used to sewing a bigger size in commercial sewing patterns (I can range between a 6-8) but in indie patterns I usually cut a 0 or 2. I cut a size 6 in Rumi. Mostly because my fabric didn’t have as much stretch, but any smaller and the top would have been fairly tight. The only adjustment I made was in the dress length. To make it a little more petite friendly, I cut 2″ off the dress, but left the hem band the same length. This made it perfectly above the knee!

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Construction of this dress is quick – the longest step was attaching the neck and arm bindings! At first I thought the neckline would come too low, but it’s actually flattering where it falls. If you do want a higher neckline, that isn’t a hard adjustment to make.

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This fabric is beautiful. I don’t have an exact content, but it’s similar to a stretch cotton, with a little more weight. I had enough fabric for the hem but it would have more seam lines. I had some fabric from my Fab Scrap Yard Pack I bought awhile back, and it perfectly matched the dress!

I really love this pattern, and am excited to make more versions. I love that I can throw on a sports bra, sandals and this dress and look put together. I’m also looking forward to making some tank versions. Now that I know it’s a good fit, it’ll be easy to make a few for casual wear and a few for running! And I’m pretty happy to cross another make off my Make Nine List!

Summer Floral Rumi Tank Dress - Trish Stitched

Shop Fab Scrap HERE

Shop Rumi Tank HERE

#RefashionFriday · refashion · sewing · Tutorials

#Refashion Friday: Dress to Romper Refashion!

Happy Friday! Today is a quick post, because it was a really quick project! I’m sharing a refashion that I’ve been wanting to do for OVER A YEAR. Yes, this piece was thrifted a year ago and sat in my refashioning closet because I was too scared to cut into it. I picked this dress up because I loved it – the print, the style – everything about this dress screamed “ME”, except I don’t really were dresses that often. As soon as I saw this on the rack, I said “romper”. It immediately clicked that this dress should become a romper and I bought it (I can’t even remember the price!). The reason why it sat in my closet for so long…I didn’t want to mess it up. I was so scared to cut into this dress because I envisioned it so perfectly as a romper that I was scared to cut it.

I usually get nervous to cut into a garment when it’s a special piece, like one from my Grandma, but this one put a huge hold on my scissors. Maybe because the dress already fit pretty well so I didn’t have as much fabric to work with, or because I know that shorts refashions don’t always turn out perfectly.

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But a few weeks ago I finally got the courage to cut into it. Probably because I really want to take it on vacation to Florida soon! I loved the floral print in the border of the skirt and knew I wanted to keep that detail. There are quite a few tutorials online for turning dresses into rompers without cutting the waist at all, but since I wanted to keep the bottom band, I needed to cut the shorts from the bottom.

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While I dreaded the initial cut, this was a very simple refashion – and I made a video on Instagram documenting the process! You can watch it here!

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Here’s a short breakdown of what I did.

First, remove the elastic waist, which leaves the top and skirt separated. Seam rip one skirt side seam to open the skirt. Fold each newly ripped seam into the center of the skirt, creating a fold on both ends of the fabric. Using a pair of shorts folded in half, trace the pattern on the fold of the fabric, adding seam allowance. I chose to make my shorts a little longer, so my inseam measured to 5″. I also left extra material on top. On each leg, with right sides together sew the leg seam together. Now that there are two short legs, sew them together at the crotch seam. Then attach the shorts back to the top, and add elastic.

I made a belt with the extra fabric to complete the look!

The key to making the shorts fit properly was adding in extra allowance in the leg and crotch areas. I made my inseam about 6″ – and later altered it to 5″. I also added a lot of length to the crotch area to ensure that the fit wasn’t too tight. While I added a lot of extra material, this was what I needed to make a comfortable fit. When it comes to refashioning, I always say it’s better to give yourself more allowance and make something smaller- even if that means altering it a few times to get the fit just right.

#RefashionFriday Dress to Romper Refashion - Trish Stitched

(I did add a snap close to the wrap neckline just to keep it from flying open!)

My big takeaway from this project is to just go for it! It’s ok to be nervous, but I don’t want my nerves to prevent me from creating. While I’ve been refashioning for over 10 years, I definitely have my failed projects and it can really halt my creativity and my motivation. But I never want my nerves to stop me from refashioning. After all, it’s just a dress and if I mess up, I mess up.

There are so many dress to romper tutorials online – ones where you don’t even have to remove the waistband!

Cotton & Curls has a great tutorial showing you how to do this refashion! See it HERE.

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Paper Michey also has a great tutorial that you can see HERE.

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Have you made romper out of a dress before? This is my second one (first one here) and I really love how easy the process is. I’m definitely on the look out for more dresses that can become rompers. Maybe a solid color next!