May 6, 2019

A Zero Waste Refashion!

I've had this 100% rayon dress in my stash for a long time!  I really liked the color and feel of the fabric.  I also liked the pleats and button detail on the bodice.  It was a lot of dress, though, and I had other plans for it.  Originally, it was just going to be cut off into a tunic.

Simple enough...cut and hem along the bottom.

Cut and hem the sleeves.

Remove the waist ties, take in the sides just a touch and it becomes a very comfortable tunic.

But there's more!

I just couldn't let the rest of the fabric go to waste.  So on to another simple refashion.
I turned down the top edge and made a casing for an elastic waist.  I was going to stop with that, but those remaining pieces of sleeves and ties kept calling to me!

I stitched the two sleeve pieces together, added some eyelets, and used the original ties for lacing.

I cinched it up and it became a nice belted accent for the simple elastic waist skirt.

Zero that's really refashioning!

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  1. Love your makeovers. So inspiring.

  2. So glad you were able to use all of the dress fabric and made those very functional and attractive articles of clothing. Great work!

    1. Thank you! Most of my refashions end up with extra leftovers, so I was happy to use them all this time!

  3. Oh, my goodness! Both of these pieces are gorgeous! So creative!!

  4. You always inspire me with your awesome refashions! So creative!

  5. I love what you have done with the sleeves and ties, Susan. The belted accent makes for a very eye catching skirt. And you know I LOVE your tunics!!! I'll be showcasing your zero waste refashion tomorrow.

    1. Thanks again, Pam, for your kind words and for your feature!


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