Tea Party Dress Refashion

I picked this dress up at Goodwill for $3 to wear to my friend’s bridal shower tea party that I’m hostessing with her other bridal attendants this summer.

Stunning, I know.

I obviously knew I couldn’t wear wear it as is and not be shunned. I was wearing jeans under it when the picture was taken!

I never intended to wear it that way, I saw the great print and waist on it and decided to make it look something like these dresses from Kohls ($100 ), Macy’s ($59) and Forever 21 ($19).

  1. The first thing I did was remove the worn buttons. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to replace them with different buttons or turn the old ones into fabric-covered buttons, but when they didn’t leave behind any holes of weird fabric bunches, I decided I didn’t really need buttons. 
  2. While I had the dress on, I pinned where the neckline needed to fall to put the beautiful waist in the right location, then I safety-pinned the party dress to a dress from my closet with a shallow sweetheart neckline. Measured, pinned and cut it.

    Watson helped

  3. I folded the top over and stitched it down. I measured the skirt length on my existing dress and discovered that I wanted to cut 7 inches off of the length so I chopped and hemmed the skirt. 
  4. The dress has a zipper in the back that I had left intact when making the top, so I had 8 inches of extra zipper folder over and pinned inside the dress for the time being. Making sure the zipper was unzipped, I cut the extra zipper off and stitched a tiny bit of fabric from my dress scraps onto the top to keep the zipper from running off the teeth and I reinforces the stitching from dress to zipper (I should have taken pictures of this to explain). The dress will get a hook sewn in above the zipper.
  5. I tried the dress on at this point to see how much side seam needed to come in. I took each side in about 2 inches and sewed two darts into the smocking on the dresses back to tighten up the waist.
  6. Finally, using bottom scrap, I made inch-wide straps and attached them to my dress. I toyed with the idea of putting cross-straps on it, but decided not to.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Before and After

I couldn’t wait to share this project! Next time I wear this it’ll be properly styled for a tea party with a vintage hat and probably some pearls.

Brad took all of the pictures of me in the dress, isn’t he a good photographer? I’m pretty sure he thought I was insane when I brought the dress home.

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Posted on April 11, 2013, in Crafty, Style and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Adorable! I love that print and what you did with it!!

  2. Great dress. Love the floral pattern
    Visiting from the link up. Don’t forget to link up today: show me your favorite spring trend. I’m also hosting a giveaways for a $300 gift card to Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic. Stop by and enter.



  3. Wow, that is very impressive!!!

  4. Wow! I never would have guessed that you refashioned such a stylish dress from that frumpy thrift store find.

  5. Wow! I am so impressed. I have zero sewing sills whatsoever.

  6. This turned out really great. I wish some one had taught me how to sew… Great job. 🙂

    • Except for a very elementary class in Home Economics back in the dark ages, I’m self taught. This isn’t brain surgery, you can teach yourself enough to do things like this. I promise.

  7. I think this is one of the prettiest refashioned dresses I have seen on any refashion blog ever. I love the print and the style and I think you did an awesome job! I feel so inspired! Thank you so much!

  8. Great Refashion! Congrats on stepping it up a notch with such success.

  9. Your dress turned out great!!

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