A modified striped dress - much easier to wear this DIY!

I made over a dress!

Last spring I made this navy/white striped knit dress, a simple, classic fitted bodice and short sleeved style (worn in a How to Wear DIY post here). I love the classics! Navy + white, nice stripes, simple pattern (Simplicity 1873 and the short sleeves from Simplicity 2444). I liked the bodice shape, but because the skirt was short and not too full, it was more of a sporty look than the girly cap sleeves allowed so I didn't wear it much.

I think I've been seeing a lot of simple tank dresses like this one around this spring, and I wanted something as basic and easy to wear. Rather than make something new, I decided to modify my old one!
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It's actually really exciting to me to remake something in my closet because I don't need anything new most of the time, just to maximize what I have by making it more fun to wear. So I remade my sleeved stripey dress... into a playful tank dress to match the classic stripes and summery length!

Modifying a sleeved dress bodice into sleeveless


The bodice was lined in self-fabric, so I knew I had to be careful keeping both layers together as I turned it into a sleeveless dress. So, I put it on my dress form and allowed the layers to stretch evenly as I sketched the approximate line I wanted for the armhole. (I only did it on one side!)

I put some pins around both sides of the line and on the other shoulder side and then, at the machine, sewed directly over the purple fabric pen line in a large basting stitch.

Then I cut 1/4" from the purple line to allow the seam allowance of the bias binding I used.

Then I had a "pattern" of the right sleeve and I pinned it in place inside out on the left side and drew 1/4" from the cutting line to make the left side match; then sewed again in a straight basting stitch to secure the fabric on that side.

Then I installed this single fold bias tape as a bias facing. Here it is inside out so you can see!


That stuff is so handy! Perfect for armholes, especially in an existing dress!

Then I got a chance to wear it over the (mostly nice) weekend to an outdoor grilling party. Big hat necessary!
Shoes: Target (similar/similar). Hat: Old (similar/similar) Belt: Came on pants (similar) Dress: DIY, original here!

So much more fun and wearable now!

5 comments

  1. Wow! Lovely dress! Doesn't it feel rewarding to modify something you already own so you can wear the heck out of it? Sometimes tweaking a detail as simple as a hem can totally change a garment's look. Fab job!

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  2. I love that you revamped this dress into another more trendy wearable dress. Simply wonderful!!

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  3. Awesome! This looks so wearable.

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  4. Like the remake, looks good and yes def good to remake things already in your wardrobe. I need to do this more, my wardrobe is bulging!!

    Hannah.

    http://surfjewels.tumblr.com/

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