Jul 26, 2010

Little White Dress Refashion

Lately I have been noticing a lot of pretty white dresses:




I particularly liked this one, although it is hard to see in this picture:


I decided that I wanted to make this one (from my sister's wedding) a little more fancy (its the one on my little sis at the far right):

See what I made with my turquoise skirt here.


First I wanted to make a pretty sash that would tie in a bow at the back.  I bought some ribbon at Walmart for $1.50 that was the exact color I wanted.  I decided to sew some lace on top of it.

I pinned the lace to the ribbon and just sewed 2 seams down each ribbon (I had to use 2 pieces of ribbon to make it wide enough)



I folded over and sewed the end of the ribbon/lace to finish off the ends.


Here is what the back looked like to get an idea of where I sewed along the lace.



I also attached lace just above where the sash was going to be.  Mainly to cover up the bigger eyelet pattern (which was also being covered by the sash)

Then I cut along the bottom of the dress (just the outer layer - not the lining) to make it a little shorter and to make the lining show at the bottom.  I attached the same lace along the bottom of the outer layer. (This outer layer is a Swiss Dot fabric and the lining is just a thin white cotton)


Then I attached the same lace along the inside of the neck (front and back) so that just the top of the lace would show when the dress was not inside-out.


That's all I really did, but it made SUCH a difference





The back:



Some jewelry options:



What do you think?  Which necklace do you like better with it?  I will post the pic of it on me on What I Wore Wednesday  in a week or two after I wear it :)

And, speaking on white dresses, check out the pictures I took over the weekend:


I am posting this HERE.

35 comments:

Andrea said...

Way cute! I love the re-fashion! You are so talented!

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

that turned out amazing!

Heather said...

I am LOVING this! I'm pretty sure I've got a white dress that I can do this to...if I haven't given it away:-) Thanks for the inspiration!

the cape on the corner said...

looks so darling and romantic! great job!

deiala said...

Wow. The dress looks really cool, romantic and classic. However, I'd NEVER venture to wear anything that has that much white in it. I just seem to be a magnet for dirt spots ;-) Wonder what I'm gonna do the day I'm getting married...

Anna Liesemeyer said...

This dress remake is stunning! What a gorgeous dress!
Thanks for sharing it with us!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Just gorgeous! I wouldn't wear a necklace but some dangly earrings.

Lauren said...

Wow, you did a great job refashioning that dress! You could probably sell for twice what it originally cost. Good job. :)

Julie said...

Wow...just beautiful. You did a great job!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

The Harkers said...

I think I have this same dress in black. Down East? Your refashion is SO cute! Great idea and inspiring me for some new projects! I think it would look cute with some pearl earrings and a pearl cuff bracelet.

Dear Lillie said...

This is beautiful! You are so talented!

emmylou said...

Very Pretty! I like the second necklace.

Misty said...

Love the dress! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Cindy said...

That is really lovely!

Anne Maskell said...

Beautiful job! It must look fantastic on you!

Meet Virginia said...

Ummm gorgeous! I absolutely love this!!

~Morgan

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Laura @ Just For Love said...

I cannot believe you made that, Jessica...it's GORGEOUS!!!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

You did a wonderful job on the remake. It is absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Miri said...

Gorgeous re-do! Definitely the pearls...very 20s something!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

It's beautiful. We appreciate you joining us this week at Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Olive Cooper said...

Stunning. Very well done. I love lace. olive♦

Kaysi said...

Beautiful!!

Justine said...

Very pretty!

Justine

opportunityknits said...

Love your idea for the sash. So simple and yet so pretty!

Kristi Flanagan said...

I love how you dressed it up! Now you've got me noticing white dresses! Beautiful!

Kristi
Punkin Seed Productions

Amy said...

that is beautiful! thanks for sharing! i am a new follower and look forward to seeing more!
amy
apronsandart.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

That's beautiful! I like the first necklace the best!
Happy "late" VTT!

Sarah

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful transformation on the dress...lovely. Happy "late" VTT!

Deborah said...

Great job on the dress. Now it looks so much more wearable for other occasions and not just a wedding.

Sachiko said...

Oh this dress is so pretty! I have been thinking about doing some white dress makeover for a while too. Your post made me wanna do it even more! Thank you for the inspiration!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

A simple and pretty change. Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

Jen said...

I am now completely addicted to this blog! Fantastic! My sewing list was only 2 pages long, now, it's going to be about 20 pages long. I'm following!
http://thefaithfullyfit.com

Sarah loves it all said...

That looks so beautiful! You talented lady you!

Marian Cates said...

Absolutely lovely!