Upcycling an Ugly Dress into a Smashing Shirt

Remaking a Dress Into a Skirt

See the full how-to tutorial on refashioning an ugly dress into a smashing shirt.

I found this dress at the Salvation Army.  The top part of the dress left much to be desired.  The designer obviously thought it was fashionable, but the fit was not right.  But the bottom … what a great material!  Reminded me of handkerchiefs.  Upcycling this into something better should be easy.

Remaking a Dress Into a Skirt

Remaking a Dress Into a Skirt

 

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Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

So I read that red was supposed to be a hot color (pardon the pun!) for the summer.  I picked this up at the Salvation Army thinking to be in style, but I hate maxi dresses.  (I look like a drowned rat in them!)  Time for some restyling.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I was perusing the mall … and came across this cute little top at NY & Company. That chain is so cute!!

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I had to have it.  So I cut the top of my dress off and then sewed up the side, leaving some room for the armpits. Continue reading “Refashioning a Dress Into a Peasant Shirt”

Refashion Plain T-Shirts into a Tie-Dye 4th of July Dress

I made a 4th of July outfit a few days ago, but I wasn’t feeling it.  It came out pretty nice, but I felt I could come up with something more festive for our Independence Day.  So when I found these two plain white t-shirts on sale at the Goodwill the other day, I came up with a flash of inspiration for a refashion.  Since they were on sale, they both cost $1.50.  Tie-Dye, here I come!

Remaking Tie-Dye 4th of July Dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I wanted to create some swirly designs with the colors, which is the closest that I know to making stars.  So I twisted the fabric around and secured with elastic. Continue reading “Refashion Plain T-Shirts into a Tie-Dye 4th of July Dress”

Refashioning a Dip Dyed Dress

Remaking a dip dyed dress #upcyle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I found this great dress at the Salvation Army and it was only $3. It was also brand new, with the tags, which said it was a bridal dress.  I’m not so sure any bride would wear it … as it was definitely see through as well.  Almost looked like a nightgown actually.  But with a few refashions, it will be a daytime dress!

Remaking a dip dyed dress #upcyle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I’ve wanted to try dip dyeing for a while now, so I went out and bought some wine-colored RIT dye.  Here we are in the bath. Continue reading “Refashioning a Dip Dyed Dress”

Refashioning a Cute Striped Shirt by Adding Lace & Making It Longer

Making a Cute Striped Shirt Longer by Adding Lace

I mostly shop for things that will look good, because I’m just too lazy to follow any kind of fashion trends.  This spring, however, stripes have come back into style.  Fashionistas, get out all those great shirts and sport them this season!  See how I refashion a cute striped shirt by adding lace & making it longer >>

Making a Cute Striped Shirt Longer by Adding Lace