Truly recycled dress. Made of pants.

Yes, this dress is made of pants.

I got a pair of ridonculous super-flared pants at Goodwill Outlet because I liked the fabric, and it reminded me of this dress I saw on Lauren Conrad:
Here's the before on the pants:

HA!

They were clearly home-made, and pretty darn 70's.  I tore the seams out, sewed them back together, and cut out McCall's 5849 (discontinued).
Anyway, here's what it turned out like!
Jason was quite amused when I told him the dress was once clown pants.  I'll have to show him the before pics.

I thought about adding some belt and strap detail like Lauren Conrad's has, but didn't have enough fabric (not surprisingly) to do little pleats and things.  Next time, maybe.  I did add bright yellow topstitching on the front two seams!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a tutorial based on this dress, showing you my new and wonderful (if I do say so myself) technique for invisible zipper insertion!  I just figured out a new step and I'm all over it.  That'll be tomorrow, and you'll recognize the dress in the pics!

27 comments

  1. wow, i can't belive you made that from those pants.

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  2. Ok, seriously on pins and needles for that tutorial. Maybe if I'd just break down and actually buy an invisible zipper foot...

    I can't believe you had enough fabric for that dress. Those must've been some pants! I love your resourcefulness!

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  3. This is truly amazing!!!

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  4. This is a gorgeous bit of re-purposing! I would love it if you added it to my link party today!

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  5. Very Nice! I have some repurposing to do!

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  6. I LOVE it! I'm about to search your blog for a pants to skirt project. I need some skirts!

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  7. This is wonderful! The fit is perfect and the fabric looks so cute. Looking forward to your zip tutorial as I have a bit of a phobia of zips :)

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  8. great upcycle. I really like your bright top stitching.

    looking forward to some zipper insight -- I've stayed away from zippers so far!

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  9. this is a fab upcycle go you

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  10. That clapping sound you hear...it's not in your head. It's me, applauding all the way from Jersey for that awesome dress. :)

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  11. *jawdrop*

    that is just...AMAZING.

    bridget-frances.blogspot.com

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  12. i love it! you are amazing! i have a few old pair of pants...wanna stop by and revamp my closet? although, most of my pants don't have patterns on them....

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  13. You are so talented. Amazing.

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  14. impressive! I like it a lot

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  15. You are so resourceful!! I love, love, love this! Adorable dress.

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  16. i NEED this pattern. i was just at anthropology where i fell madly in like with a dress that is this exact style. the dress however did not fall in like with me ($128, YIKES).

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  17. Wow! Your blog is so impressive! I admire some mad sewing skills.

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  18. love love love this.... I think it is absolutly witty and a really fun idea.

    Ta'

    Beq
    http://beqdesign.blogspot.com/

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  19. I featured this today as a look back at last weeks link up. Please feel free (and encouraged) to link up any of your projects this week!

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  20. You're such an inspiration to me! Every time I read something like this I just want to get my sewing machine out and call in sick at work...

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  21. Wow..this is Superb!

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  22. what an idea, still wonder how you maximized the pants into a beautiful dress...I did upcycling an old shirt into peasant blouse, now I want to follow your step :D to make a dress...thanks for sharing :)

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  23. thats just gorgeous! if i had a waist i would do this! lol it looks great on you though

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