A refashion dilemma

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Readers, I have no photographs to share of my disaster yet, but I have refashion dilemma. In my haste to refashion a Hilo Hattie Hawaiian Muumuu purchased from divasvintage on etsy, I have chopped far too much from Muumuu's length, and I am left with a dress which is not appropriate for everyday wear.

My internet search to fix dresses or skirts which are too short, result in this ..

Adding lace seen on The Sassy Pepper




Adding a panel of contrasting fabric as seen on Sweet Verbena...


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Colour-block panel seen on Say Yes to Hobroken




What should I do readers? Do you have any further suggestions? What would you do with a dress that is too short?


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17 comments:

jewellery by jacx said...

I think a contrasting panel, or prehaps just wear with leggings or jeans as a top?

Rachel said...

I've used a few approaches: added a black velveteen panel to a too short black broderie anglaise dress; WIP adding white lace to another grey dress; just adding a panel of the same fabric to the bottom (maybe you could add pintucks?); and I've also one I just wear as a tunic top with leggings/skinny jeans: the pitfalls of being tall!

Kat said...

Depends on the style of dress, but the only other option not mentioned above is a ruffle like bottom? I saw something similar on Skunkboy Creatures blog recently:

http://skunkboycreatures.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/weekly-wears-how-does-your-garden-grow.html

emma said...

What about wearing with a longer petticoat/slip in a contrasting colour to give a fun edge with no commitment until you decide.

emma said...

What about wearing with a longer length petticoat/slip in a contrasting colour for a fun edge with no commitment until you decide

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I like the color-block panel very much, or you could wear a pretty vintage slip and purposely let the bottom 2-3" show.

Reverse Clothing said...

I like the idea of adding a panel to the bottom. Or even cut it at the waist and add it there if the design allows.

Peta said...

i like the lace idea but i think it depends on what fabric the original was

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

It seems all the above suggestions could work, it depends on the print and your disposition. I usually try to incorporate a little of whatever fabric I choose to extend the length somewhere else, maybe a bit at the neckline or sleeve, for continuity. It makes it look totally intentional, like the dress has always been this way.

Have fun! Can't wait to see it!

Love, Jean

liz z said...

i like reverse clothing's idea but combined with a bottom panel. maybe two stripes [with the hawaiian print in between] in dark green? or white to coordinate with the flowers

Anonymous said...

I agree that wearing it with leggings would work. Black ones would look nice and really show off the print.

ruby murray said...

Great ideas but all on adding length at the bottom where it's more noticeable. How about unpicking the side seams at the shoulder and adding a small piece of lace or contrast fabric, the dress fits high around the neck so you could afford to drop it a couple of inches. If you kept the sleeves you'd need to add the same fabric down the centre of the sleeves too. Lace in Cream Cotton would look cool, Crocheting a strip would be super cute too. Either way I'm sure you'll rock it x

Erica Louise said...

I'm loving all of your suggestions, thank you! Going to have a play around with muumuu this week, and see what happens!! x

Promotional Garments said...

I’ve made variations of this skirt at least five times already this year and I never grow tired of the supremely comfortable, soft and stretchy fold-over waistband skirt.

Anonymous said...

really cute! great problem solver with lengthening the skirt :) xx

Mandy Montes said...

Right now I am working on modifying an expensive maxi dress I bought that came too short-it falls just below my calves :(
I am working on adding a belt to the middle instead of the oh-so-obvious strip of fabric added to the bottom. Plus, that idea is actually useless for me as there is already a ruffle at the bottom of this dress!

Mandy Montes said...

Right now I am working on adding length to a maxi dress I bought that falls just below my calves! I want it to hit the floor. Problem is, there is already a ruffle at the bottom and the fabric is unique-I don't think I'll find it anywhere to match exactly like I would want if I were to add fabric to the bottom.
My plan is to actually cut the dress at the waist and add a waistband/sash tie in the middle to add about 4 inches of length!

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