Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

Late summer dress refashion!

It's still technically summer, you know... although with all the fall fashions I've been eyeing in magazines and on Pinterest, sometimes I forget.  But I just finished this little dress refashion that I cut out ages ago, and had to share it with you before the warm weather goes away entirely!  We often get late summers here, and the highs should be in the 80's this week!  I don't mind the warmth and sunshine at all.

So here's the story of this dress.  Like a year and a half ago, I picked up this rather hideous cotton print... jumper, I guess, from Goodwill Outlet because it looked like something I could turn into something else.  I guess I was in the mood for a challenge at the time.

It was homemade to begin with, out of a not-very-suitable lightweight quilting fabric.  I didn't know how I could possibly make it cute, so I held onto it for quite a while.

Then earlier this spring or summer I saw this page in People Style Watch.

I thought to myself, hmmm, that dress looks familiar--or could look familiar.

I pulled out one of my fave patterns, Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 2497, and used the bodice pattern but made the skirt out of whatever I could (I made the ruffle first, from the existing bottom of the dress), and cut out a looong waistband.  I didn't want to mess with a zipper so I gave it an elastic waist, and it pulls over the head.  Like I say, a variation...

It was a bit of a pinch to cut everything out of the existing dress, but it worked!  The waistband is lined with a muslin, but besides that and the elastic, the dress is totally recycled!  And I even captured the look of Lauren Conrad's.

It's a very simple dress, even Lauren's version.  Simple soft v-neck gathered into the waist.

Definitely cutest with a belt!

I feel so powerful when I can make over a dress completely and it works.  Wahoooo!!!


  1. Anonymous9/20/2011

    Wow! I love it! This is so inspiring for me (being new to sewing). It's so great to see all the awesome refashions you can do with simple, thrifted clothing! I'm definitely going to be working on my sewing skills! :)

  2. It worked great! Wow. Great inspiration.

  3. Anonymous9/20/2011

    Impressive and cute!

  4. Thanks! It is so fun to totally transform something like this...

  5. Looks lovely and just what´s in fashion now with all the floral prints

  6. You did a nice job!

  7. It turned out great! I love recycling old clothes! It's a challenge, but when it turns out as good as this, it is great!




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