Happy times at the pool. "Throw me again, Daddy!" This kid is a little fish. Already swimming and growing up so fast.
So... Surprise! I actually finished a refashion, and here I am posting again this month. Remember this dress?
It's been hot and humid here - uncomfortable for Hawaii. I've been wearing the most airy clothes I can find, and this refashion came at just the right time. I started with this dress.
This Tori Richard dress came to me through a consignment shop. I found it on the rack with the tags on, and couldn't believe that it was only $20 (retailing for $125). Then I tried it on and realized why it was such a deal. There were holes on the bottom half. When I showed the owner, she insisted on giving it to me for free.
I tried to wear it as is, but it wasn't so comfortable and a little loose in the bust. It was a prime candidate for a 60's style summer dress.
I used my 60's dress as a pattern and cut a V and armholes in the bottom section of the Tori Richard.
I then used the top part of the 60's dress to draw a pattern for the neckline and sleeves.
There wasn't enough fabric for two layers, so I used one of my husband's old shirts for the neckline and sleeve lining. Can you believe he was going to throw it away?
I made the back pattern section a bit longer than the front so that the shoulders would hang nicely.
I used what was left of the top to make the outer layer of the neckline and sleeves.
Ugh! Sometimes I don't think things through very well. I cut two of the same piece. I ended up having to sew scraps together so that I could cut another piece.
Good thing it's a busy pattern.
I added interfacing to the outer layer.
In the next sections, you'll see that I stitched the lining to the outer layer.
I ironed them down.
I then stitched the front and back together.
And flipped them inside out.
I sewed the front and back together at an angle.
And sewed it to the dress.
I added bias tape around the armholes and patched the holes. Once I figured out the pattern, this dress was super easy to make. I love it!!!
So much more practical. Oh! And I got the DKNY slippers at a garage sale for $3. Score!
May your remaining summer days be blessed.