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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Mark the length + a bit extra for seam allowance.
Chop on through.
Give that newly shortened dress a nice clean hem.
Replace any missing buttons with some vintage bling from your stash.
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: