I love thrift store finds to upcycle! Several months ago I found a long sleeveless shift perfect for a upcycle project I had in mind. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of the dress before I cut it up. Grrrrr! I’m sorry,it’s one of those details I’m notorious for forgetting. Ever have those moments? But it’s the same style as the photo at the bottom of page. (next on my upcycle list)
I started today by cutting the bottom off the dress just an inch above the wavy gray design on the floral border . I knew I wanted this to be half of the tunic. I was lucky to have plenty to work with. As this dress was several sizes too big for me. I’ll get plenty of wear out of this new addition to my wardrobe this fall. Layers, love layers.
The neck and armholes had binding attached. I was a little careful in removing it so I could rework it later. I took apart the cut off top to remake it in a more fitted bodice. (roughly pencil sketch on the paper) I copied the bust, arm, and waist dimensions on another tunic bodice I knew fit me comfortably. With including a couple of bust darts it works well. Then it was just a matter of attaching the floral border to the bodice. I put two pleats in the front (see top photo)and eased the back with a few tiny pleats to even it out. It worked out rather nicely. Now on to sewing the shoulder and side seams. (pssst…french seams are our friends)
I used french seams on the sides and Hong Kong seam on the shoulders. I do love my finished seams. I like the look and feel. Plus this dress was 100% rayon. And you know how that fabric loves to unravel.
Now here’s where I couldn’t make up my mind how I wanted to finish the armholes and neck. I thought about doing another scallop edge finish like this previous upcycle. But I opted for a more classic detail on the outside. I reworked the carefully removed bias trim by ironing it open and used it like hem tape sewing it on the right-side first then turning over to the wrong-side and stitching down. It makes the neck and armhole lie smooth and flat. I’m glad I chose this instead.
Here’s the middle of the dress. I’ve plenty of fabric leftover. Hmm, perhaps a scarf? Another tunic? Any ideas? Share!
Cheers to another upcycle sewing project complete!