Cameo Dress

A Cowl Back Conversion
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I was quite happy to stumble upon this dress with a lovely cameo print.  :)


I’m running out of “before” poses, you guys.


I was even willing to look past those gigantic shoulder pads!


Herm. :/


Okay.  I clearly have some work to here.  First, I made a few chops.


Not a bad start!


Don’t worry!  I know some of you guys hate it when I remove cuffs & collars, but I’m keeping these.  They’re just being relocated!

With my cuffs chopped and those pads removed, I was ready to take in this dress a bit.  I took it from the back like so:



Stitching down the elastic…


Then stitching each side of the leftover elastic down, so it lays flat!


I took the cuffs and pressed the raw edges down.


Do you see where I’m going?


Then, I stitched each side down.


Just a lil whirr!


Then I took one cuff and pinned it under the largest lapel on my new dress.


Getting a lil creative!


In case you can’t tell, I’ve been on a bit of an asymmetry kick lately, hence my ‘do!  This dress was going to be a fun experiment in balance or lack thereof.

I stitched the cuff down…


I think this is going to look just swell. :)


Then I chopped a bit more from one of the sleeves.


Just a lil bit.


I hemmed the raw edge…


Just a lil hem.


…then I attached the remaining cuff!


Crazy, no?


Too late to go back now!


The other sleeve got a different kind of cuff!


Roll it, pin it, then stitch the top and bottom down! :)


Now I just needed to get rid of some of that length!


Rising to new heights!  My foot says “hai!” btw.


I hemmed my new dress, and stitched that bottom part into a sash.

That’s right…this was almost a totally no-waste refashion!


Ah! So close!


I’m really happy with this one, you guys!




Seriously…this is one of my faves!


And here it is from the back!


Le back!


My cameo dress and I made a cameo (har har) appearance at my pal Phillip’s house for some tasty chili with friends!  :)




Such deliciousness! :)


A perfect way to spend an early Fall evening!


Jillian is a deep person who feels things deeply.





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