A Couple of Redos

This week I took a couple of dresses that weren't doing me any favors, and transformed them into much more wearable tops!

Up first, this really cute striped dress from Modcloth:
I wish more than anything I could keep this dress as is, but it's really just too darn tight.  Look how tight it is on Vanessa's rear!  And my own rear is 3 inches bigger than hers, so...yeah, this dress is just inappropriate on me.

I sliced it off about 2/3 of the way down, and used the bottom portion to make one of my latest obsessions:  a circle skirt!  I attached it to the top portion, and voila - a sweet little peplum!
I really love the effect of all the stripes going every which way!

The second dress is this floral polyester number from H&M:
When I saw it in the store, it screamed 80s Easter to me, and I loved it.  It was only $20, so I snatched it up.  What I didn't know at the time was this dress is a major conductor of static cling.  So much so that it's impossible to wear it in public because it creeps up and sticks so much!

All I did for this one was cut off the bottom 8 inches and give it a new hem.  A top with a little static cling is not nearly as impossible to wear as a whole dress with it!  I also felt like the sleeves were a weird, matronly length, so I cut those off as well.
Now it's just sort of loudly shouting 80s Easter rather than straight out screaming it.  Much more wearable!


  1. loove love! you're so creative.

    ps when i live back east again can i bring you some clothes to redo? i'll pay you in money and brownies.

  2. I'm with Heidi, I have a whole bag of redo clothes! I see you in a few months?!

    Love the new creations, you brought so much more character to each of the dresses!

  3. Gah, what improvements! I wish I had your sewing skills!

  4. I love the changes you made! That striped top is gorgeous! I love how you paired it with the colored pants too. I've been seeing colored denim everywhere, but haven't had the guts to try it. But I think I could definitely pull off an outfit like that!

  5. nice. very nice.

  6. I love what you've done with these pieces. So creative!

  7. I didn't see a lot of hope for the second dress, but it turned out VERY cute!