A Cowl Back Conversion

An "It'll do for work." Dress
Cameo Dress

When I found this frock on the 50 cent sale rack at the Goodwill near my house, I thought, “Wow!  A dress I don’t even have to refashion!”

Not too shabs!

 

But then I looked a little closer…

 

See it?

 

Here.  Let me help you out a bit.

 

WHAT.

 

Do you see the bizarre patched-up crotch hole?  HOW DID THAT GET THERE?  WHYYYYYYY?  And WHY am I so terrified of the implications of said crotch hole? :/

*Shudder*

Step 1:

Ahhhhhh! Much better already!

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel much better now!

So, I could have reattached that bottom bit to the newly crotch-hole-less bit, but the temps here have dropped, and I definitely need more shoulder coverage now!

But first, I needed to restitch the top of the elastic waist that had come undone.

 

…like Duran Duran no more!

 

Then, I had that bottom raw edge to tend to.

 

Whirrrrrr!

 

I used a straight stitch for this, but it was quite finicky with the weirdo stretchy knit of this fabric.  I SHOULD have used a tight zigzag, as it would have saved me a bit of frustration.

I promptly reset my machine for the remainder of this refashion!

 

Now we’re talkin’!

 

Now for that bottom scrap!  First, I unpicked the hastily hand-sewn hem that was already in place.  I commend the effort, but I wanted something a tad sturdier for my new top!

 

Byeeeee!

 

Then, I pinned a new hem for each side of the scrap.

 

No big.

 

Next, I stitched each hem down.

 

Zigzaggery!

 

But now what?  I’m going to be a bit chilly without some upper arm coverage, no?

I took that scrap and did this with it:

 

Just playing around a bit…

 

Then I did this!

 

Hmmmnnn…

 

HMMMMM…

 

I stitched down those parts I pinned at the front.

 

Once again, using a zigzag.

 

The back was left drapey.  :)

And here’s my new top!

 

My shoulders are now draft-free!

 

Le back!

 

Amauri thought my new top was pretty swell too!

 

Love this fella right here. :)

 

I had a blast wearing my new top at s Oktoberfest!

 

They juuuust might…

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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