Maternity $5 Jersey Dress Refashion

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I'm not quite sure I can call this dress a refashion, although I have altered it from its original style, if only a little, perhaps I could call it a thrifty makeover? Please excuse the dodgy before photographs, unfortunately I didn't check the images prior to chopping.



Finding a secondhand garment that actually fits during late stage of pregnancy is quite remarkable, and in this instance, finding a forgiving stretchy jersey dress happened to be a real treat.

This navy dress is not officially a maternity garment, it is a 'Myer Direct' 70's/80's jersey frock. Bonus when the label reads 'Made in Australia'; you know you're onto an original rather than modern day 'vintage' copy, being that hardly any retail clothing brands are actually made in the country anymore.

Comfort is absolutely the key here, this dress is off-the-charts snug, plus its front pleat works well with my large load. However, its original length was not good for me at all, so I chopped and re-hemmed.



I've also removed the three front gold / pearly buttons, which coupled with its lace trimmings, were just a little bit too Nanna for my liking.


I toyed with the idea of removing its lace trim from either the dress sleeves or neck, and did actually start unpicking with my seam ripper, but had a change of heart. I've kept all lace trimmings in place, and added my recently made necktie brooch as an accessory.

:: Necktie Brooch Tutorial Here ::

And my dress is done. As mentioned before, hardly much of a refashion, but better than the previous style and perfect for my final few weeks of pregnancy.


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14 comments:

Emily said...

great dress, the accessories and shoes totally make it. Well done, love the look!

Irene V. said...

That's an interesting semantic question!
I love it despite of it <3
I think you did right leaving trims but cutting out buttons
MammaNene @ SergerPepper

Erin said...

Love it, and hey I'm only a couple of weeks behind you, my due date is Dec 18th. I've been altering a few opshop clothes into maternity clothes this pregnancy and loving it. Really must take some pics and post.

Liochka said...

I love it ! Realy simply but very nice. (j'aime, vraiment simple, mais beau !)

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Looks great, Erica!!! Not often you see 'Made in Australia' now-a-days, so a bargain from the past.

Michele Reynolds said...

Love your chopped dress!!!!!Pinning:)

Alison at The Thrifty Issue said...

Good idea removing the buttons ... you and the dress both look fab! Thanks for sharing :-) Cheers, Alison

elseseven said...

Look at you - funky mama! Dec 18th? Maybe the bubba will share the same b'day as Little Miss O (dec 15th). Hang in there - not long to go now. Looking FAB!

elseseven said...

Oh - sorry - silly me - that's someone else's due date. Now I feel like an idiot. Sorry!

Gina Wamsley said...

Well I think it is so cute on you! Always good to have something new and comfy to wear in those last days!

Maxabella said...

There's that cute brooch in action. Love this dress - clever lady! x

Erica Louise said...

Thanks everyone!! Also elseseven - please don't worry, there seems to be a lot of people due to have babies at the moment, easy to get confused with dates! Mine will definitely be out before December :)

Agy Lee said...

Very gorgeous refashion, and love how you've styled it. Take care, Erica! xx

onie said...

beautiful

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