Refashioning 101: Easy Dress Refashions

May 2, 2016Sheri Pavlović

I am a collector of vintage dresses and regardless if it will fit me or not, I rarely pass up a bargain-priced retro frock at the thrift shop so I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out the quick and quirky fixes necessary to make my ever-growing dress collection wearable.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Take a peek at my Refashioning 101: Easy Dress Refashions and make those less than stellar frocks hiding at the back of your closet fit like a dream!

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

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This stern vintage secretary dress was most definitely in need of an overhaul however a fast and simple refashion is all took to transform it from drab to fab! Here’s how to easily shorten a too long dress:

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Most vintage dresses have a lining and as this one was already falling off I decided to grab my seam ripper and remove it completely.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

As the dress fabric is quite thick there’s actually no need to keep the lining intact so it shall live in my stash until I find a use for it.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Once the lining is removed grab a dress with your desired length and place it on top of the dress to be shortened with the neckline and shoulder seams lined up.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Mark the length + a bit extra for seam allowance.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Chop on through.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Give that newly shortened dress a nice clean hem.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

Replace any missing buttons with some vintage bling from your stash.

Refashioning 101: easy dress refashions

And that once seriously dowdy dress has been transformed into a swinging 60’s mod frock! Hooray!

Transform a shapeless dress into an adorable skirt and top set with my oldie but goodie video tute:

Here’s a fab no sew dress refashion perfect for spring!

Discover how I combined two dreadful dresses into a fab new frock + my quick fix for the refashionista mistake I make far too often:

Check out my entire Refashioning 101 series right here.

For more funky DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your Passion for Refashion!
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