Rubyellen of Cakies sent me this adorable vintage house dress last year. I loved the color, print and the piping detail but it just wasn't very flattering, loose or belted. I wasn't in the mood to wear a dress last week but was running low on tops so I pulled this out to see what I could do with it.
Fastest restyle ever. Here's how you can make your own.
Laying the dress flat on the floor I made a mark about 1.5" below the bottom of the pocket and stuck a straight pin in. Then I measured from the pin to the bottom of the dress. I used that measurement to make two more marks on the front of the dress so that when I placed a ruler across all three, I had a straight-ish line. I chalked that line and then cut across and through both layers of the dress.
Then I folded up my raw hem about 1/4" and pressed flat. I folded it again about 1" and pressed flat again. Then I stitch my hem and ironed the whole top again. Voila!
Some days I just want to feel a little more comfortable and this was an easy way to repurpose something I already had into an easy top that can be paired with shorts or capris.
Have you ever tried a simple DIY on vintage clothing? I've seen some great refashions in the Project ReStyle flickr group! I dare you to try it.