Blue Shirt Dress to Shirt Refashion

So I finally totally finished a refashion that I started ages ago. I had a blue shirt dress which I bought from eBay but was originally from Primark. I went off the style so decided to cut off the bottom and make it into a shirt. Unfortunately I forgot to take any before pictures, because I’m an idiot!

I unpicked the 2 belt loops from the side of the dress and then measured roughly on me where the shirt should finish, adding a bit extra on for the hem. I also replaced the buttons because they used to look like this:


Who would pick that colour button for that colour fabric?!

So I changed them for white ones:


Much better!

This is what the ex-dress now looks like:


And the back….


I know this isn’t the most exciting refashion ever, but it’s turned something I never wore into something I’ve already worn several times! It also has the option of a bow, in the form of what used to be the belt/tie thingy:


Sorry again for the blurry photos – I seriously need to do something about my photos on here. These are the only useable ones out of about 15 I made The Boyfriend take. Maybe I should get a tripod and a decent camera so I can be as vain as I want to and take a bajillion photos without having to impose on someone else to do it.

Hopefully as I get more experienced with refashioning, the more adventurous I’ll become and the more interesting they’ll get. I have several items of clothing I think I’m gong to give to a charity shop, but I’ll have a serious think about anything I can do with them before I do. Has anyone else been seeing all the refashioners on Miss P’s blog? It really shows you what you can do with an ugly, huge garment with a bit of imagination and skill!

Peter Pan Collar Dress Refashion

Back in February, I bought a new dress from H&M. I say I bought it. It was actually free as it was only £5 in their sale and I had a £5 voucher. I really like peter pan collars so I liked this dress when I spotted it and it was a small, so perfect. It has little beads/ ‘pearls’ on the collar (not sure you can see it on the photos) and is a 60s-style shift dress. I did wear it once as it came, but I felt a bit too dressed up and it’s a big old expanse of cream!


So I decided to take off the collar (thanks to an idea from a friend on Facebook)….


….and dyed it green! (minus the collar)


I dyed a skirt at the same time and here they are sloshing about in all their newly green glory!


The skirt ended up a better colour, I think, because it was darker before. Also probably has something to do with their respective fabric contents. The stitching didn’t dye, which I was prepared for as the packet said it wouldn’t work on polyester thread. I kinda like it with the highlighted stitching!

Here is the closest photo I could get to their real-ish colour (dress on the left, skirt on the right):


I added some darts to make the dress more fitted and sewed the collar back on and I’m pretty pleased with the result. When I wore it to work, I got lots of unsolicited compliments!

This is the back (with the facing sticking out, grrr!). The darts aren’t perfect, but I couldn’t be bothered to re-do them! It doesn’t look amazing from the back, but for a free dress, I’m not too bothered!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARefashioned Peter Pan Collar Dress


Not a bad refashion for only the cost of the dye! I’ve already worn this more than I did before I dyed it.

New Look 6000 Dress!

I have finally gotten around to writing a post about my first dress! Hurrah! I only finished it, like, 6 weeks ago!

I decided to make this dress because a load of sewing bloggers I follow have made it and they all said it was a fairly easy pattern to put together. I especially liked the versions by Tilly and the Buttons and But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett. She gave me an Easter egg!  I made view E with the sleeves and cuffs.


I  used this fabric which I bought in Holloway Road a little while ago:


I had to make a few changed to the pattern to make it vaguely fit me. I cut out a size 10, because my measurements indicated that was the best size, but if I made this again, I would make a size 8.  I had to take so much off the side seams that it was a bit silly! I also shortened the body by 6cm and the waist and hip measurements were both about that much lower than they should have been. Because of all this and working out where the darts should go, I did make a muslin/ toile:


As you can see, I only made the top part (as I was low on fabric) and it seemed to fit. Unfortunately, I didn’t pin it or fasten it in any way at the back so it ended up being bigger than I thought in the finished dress, though as I said, I just took about 2cm out of the side seams.  I had to sew this a couple of times as it kept bunching up where I’d sewed too steep a curve:


After wearing the dress once, with a cardigan, I decided I didn’t like the cuffs so I unpicked them and took the sleeves up by 8cm to make it more short-sleeved. I feel like this fabric is a bit too Summery for a long-sleeved dress. I think the only other change I made was to make the skirt a bit more A-line as, like Tilly and the Buttons, I thought it would make it more wearable.

Anyway, enough rambling, here are some pics:

New-Look-6000-14-a(Sorry if they’re slightly blurry – The Boyfriend was very patient with all my demands!)


A close up of the new sleeves – unintentional boob shot!


This is the back. I know the zip is really obvious, but I’m claiming it as a design feature. It’s not because I didn’t understand how to put it in so it was hidden…..oh no!


This is the inside. I slip-stitched down the facing as it wouldn’t sit flat. Is this something everyone does anyway?

New-Look-6000-12-aAnd a goofy smile (and blurry face) to finish with:

New-Look-6000-15-aOverall I think this was a good pattern as a first one (first in a long time if not first ever) and I’m pleased with how I got it to fit nicely. I’m not sure how much I’ll wear it as I slightly fell out of love with the fabric as I sewed it, and it looks kind of silver and shiny from a distance. Maybe when I finally finish knitting my red cardigan, I’ll wear it with that……