Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wardrobe Re-Fashion: Dress to Separates

A long, long time ago, I made a dress that I wore once, in Vegas. When I got home it went straight to the dry cleaners and then back in the closet. After several months, I took it out to wear it and discovered that, when it was dry cleaned, the zipper had been broken. Ack! I put it in the UFO pile intending to eventually put in a new zipper. Then I happened to run across some pictures of myself at VLV in the dress, and decided it really wasn't all that flattering. Zo... I split it into two separate pieces.

I added white seam binding around the bottom of the bodice and put in an upside down zipper. Viola! Instant top. Not sure if I have any business wearing a midriff top out in public, but I think it's awful cute!

Once it was removed from the polka-dot bodice the skirt is a perfect 40s-esque a-line. I bound the inside of the waistline with bias tape rather than adding on a waistband. Then I put in a lining and re-did the hem. Easy peasy! I found some scraps of white twill in my stash and made a tie-top to go with it using this pattern.

The tie-top would be really easy to make even without a pattern. Its basically just a triangle with the top flattened out and channels at the top and bottom for straps. I used a few scraps of seam binding to make the straps. The top strap was a bit short so instead of tying it, I added old gold plastic button that I found in the bottom of my sewing box.

I think that this outfit has a very pulp-novel bad-girl kind of look but, since it's all white, it's sort of innocent too.

Here's that gold button detail on the strap.

Could there ever be a flirtier summer outfit? I think not!


  1. Great idea! It worked really well. I like it as separates. =D
    -Andi x

  2. LOVE both outfits! That's great that you were able to salvage the dress to make a top--it looks GREAT! And I love the flirty white summer dress...

  3. Swell outfits! I'm not much of a seamstress, but gosh, you make me want to give sewing a fair shot ;)

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  5. Very sexy. Looks terrific with the red hair.

  6. oh, you lovely, talented woman. these are both fantastic. i want that red polka dot number.