Hawaiian Muumuu Refashion

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I spoke of a refashion dilemma a few weeks back, which is now rectified and complete. After rushing to refashion my Hawaiian Hilo Hattie Muumuu, scored from divasvintage I cut far too much length, which deemed the dress completely unwearable for day time wear.

This is the 'before' refashion disaster




My choice for dress, is for a friends Hawaiian themed wedding in just a few weeks from now, imagine my disappointment therefore, at such a snip-happy disaster. The end result however, far exceeds the failure, for the accidental refashion refix, I'm now delighted with, but it's taken a bit of thought and time.

Here's where it all went wrong.. I used an existing (short) dress for a template..


Thank you to Recycled Fashion's loyal readers for the tips, I went for a completely different option, suggested by my thoughtful Mum. She'd suggested adding a thin green ribbon (matching palm tree print) to the bottom hem of mini-disaster, and adding the cut off previous bottom hem to the bottom ribbon edge, thus having a green strip in-between two pieces of fabric. (are you confused? I am re-reading what I've just said!)

I found not one, but six mint green men's necktie's in Family Life Op Shop, I purchased two. One mint green necktie I used for the attaching strip, and the other to make a matching sash belt, using excess muumuu fabric on the reverse side.

Mint green neckties from the op shop
Going back to the original muumuu snip, I've also removed both sleeves.


I've used one green necktie, opened and ironed flat, cut into an approximate 10cm strip, to place in-between bottom cut hem. The middle excess muumuu fabric strip I've used to make my reversible sash

The Sash
Close up..




To finish off, I've used scrap pieces to make a hair clip/brooch rosette ..





More than likely however, I'll wear the rosette as a brooch, as Desiree's daisy headband received at Christmas fits perfectly to the Hawaiian theme outfit.



Tis my favourite refashion so far, a "happy accident" my Mum calls it..




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26 comments:

Patti said...

wow- fabulous work. I love what you did with the tie. The end result is so, so pretty!

Peta said...

it looks great. I really need to get my sewing machine in action!

VintageBirdGirl said...

It's amazing that you have totally transformed that dress! It looks great.

Daffodil said...

Such a gorgeous refashioning! You are right, it is perfect for a Hawaiian themed wedding and what are the chances that someone else will show up wearing the exact same outfit? Not likely.

WoW. I can feel an op shopping trip coming on with the foul weather in Melbourne this afternoon...as if anyone needs an excuse!!!!

Cassandra Louise said...

What a wonderful find those ties were! I read your post on Refashion Co-op and just had to come read more. The rosette is so beautiful, also. It feels great to make something unique and beautiful, doesn't it? That's why op shops are some of my favourite places. :-) xxx

Christie said...

Completely gorgeous! I'm so glad you didn't give up on it, that is a fantastic result Erica!

tigergirl said...

This is a lovely dress - well done!

Kat said...

Awesome work! You've inspired me to go out there looking for a muumuu to refashion - I desperately need a maternity dress that doesn't cost the earth!

Kendra said...

What a great re-fashion! You look lovely in pink;)

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oh you must have had that horrible sick feeling in your belly when things didn't go your way at first. But boy, what a come back!!!!! For a start, the muumuu is utterly gorgeous, the print is amazing and the colours are perfect for you. I'm so proud of you Erica, you used men's ties in such creative ways - very, very clever and you are gonna shine at the wedding, especially wearing a magical headband;))). I'd love to see pics of the day. xoxo

my thrifty closet said...

now it turns out perfect...thanks to the great idea of adding a fabric strip. In fact it looks much better than before the fix, the fabric strip breaks the monotony of the print. Brilliant work!
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Miss Peregrin said...

What an easy way to fix a refashion mistake! I'll have to keep this in mind - I have a habit of cutting things a smidge too short. I love it! The print is absolutely gorgeous.

jenny_o said...

Such a lovely job. May I ask if you had to take in the sides of the garment to fit more closely, as well? This is really inspiring.

Disco Del said...

That looks lovely. Hats off to your old ma for the idea (I never knew she had it in her!) Aunty D

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

I love the way this turned out!! I think that's one of the best things about refashioning or "upcycling" as I like to call it. You never know what you're going to get and the supposed accidents provide an opportunity for the best creativity! This dress proves it!!

Retro: Reinvented said...

Ah, I saw this first on your facebook and asked about the green strip...now I understand how and why :) Lovely result!

Style Agent 909 said...

Wow! that is fabulous. Makes me want to start sewing again.

Lavender said...

Brilliant, as always!!! And yet another awesome use for thrifted neckties, my fav snag :)

Adin B said...

It looks absolutely nothing like the muumuu dress. Lovely!

Ahka Vintage said...

You always do really cool things. I love using the tie - and I love the print of the muumuu although the only way i'd normally wear one was if it was redesigned. I always love looking what things you have done!
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Shey said...

wow! You did an amazing job with that dress!

Nicola Thomas said...

That's just amazing Erica !!
It looks grogeous

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Lila Wolff said...

I wish I was clever about sewing like you are, I can sew but not problem solve and re-create like you do it's pretty amazing to see what you do with stuff.

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

I wish I have the vision and creativity to be able to 'see' and do things like this. The best I've managed is this http://vanishaslife.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/what-i-wore.html but it's not as impressive as yours! xoxox

Erica Louise said...

Thanks Lila!

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