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.