New Dress a Day Refashion Swap

Friday, March 21, 2014

Readers may remember seeing a photograph I posted on facebook, of a thrifted dress off on a secret mission to California.

The secret mission is now complete and all can be revealed. The super talented thrift dress makeover-er Marisa of New Dress a Day and I decided to send each other a frock for a refashion swap!

I found Marisa's magenta dress in a local op shop for $5, and Marisa sent me this blue 80's shoulder padded number, complete with ruffles.

I'll start with my own re-do, this is the before and after:

:: before ::

:: after (top) ::

:: after (skirt) ::

Seeing Marisa's blue dress, I had to work with those ruffles!  After cutting the dress in half, I made the bottom half into a rah-rah skirt, with a flat front using interfacing and an elastic waist casing at the back.

  :: Cut in half::

:: Skirt in the making ::

:: Rah-rah Skirt Complete ::

With the remaining fabric, I've made a sleeveless blouse using Coletterie's free Sorbetto Top downloadable pattern.

:: Can you spot my little helper? ::


The Sorbetto pattern suggests using bias tape to finish off raw hems.  I did that, but instead of using blue bias, I've used contrasting pink for arm holes and neckline, and navy blue for the bottom.

:: Contrasting Bias Hems ::

Now you would like to see Marisa's dress makeover, yes?  Of course you would!

Here is the the dress I sent Marisa:

:: $5 from a local op shop ::

And this is her incredible transformation, isn't it the best?

Check out Marisa's amazing dress overhaul here.



Patti said...

Both makeovers are genius! I love the "rah rah" skirt. xo

Unknown said...

Awesome remake. Love that you got 2 very cute outfits out of that hideous dress.

astr!d said...

im over from NWAD and wow, did you get a doozy!! lol that's a nice way to say 'terrible' in american southern slang !!! lol i love that you made two pieces and had enough to actually use a pattern!!! lol looks awesome!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Both are great! Love the versatility of your now separates, and the color looks amazing on you.

Lynn said...

I have been following Marisa for a while, glad to see the "international" trades. I loved how you made two pieces out of one.
Have FUN!

AdinB said...

I know! She is awesome at refashioning things and it blows me away everytime. And mama, you did an amazing job at refashioning as well. I love the Rah Rah Skirt too and how you added pink bias tape instead of just all blue. I love both dresses!

sew rachel! said...

All three look awesome! Well done ladies!

Ashleigh said...

You did a great job! I like the contrasting neckline and arm holes.

Isis said...

cool... two of my favourite re-fashion bloggers swapping items. awesome!

Anonymous said...

What fun to do a refashion swap! And what great results. I love the contrast bias, it worked perfectly. And Marisa's dress is so cute!

Unknown said...

lovely refresh of your closet!! :)great results!!

sewing green lady said...

I love what you did! Two great usable pieces for your wardrobe and no wasted resources. Fab!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

You both did incredibly well, I must investigate this downloadable pattern thing. I love your ra-ra skirt ruffles and wow Marisa did an amazing job with that bodice! xo

Hannah Wilkinson said...

What a fantastic initiative! I love what you both did, I definitely want to try doing this one day!
Thanks for sharing!

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