Refashioning is so much fun! The thrill of taking something I don’t love and completely transforming it never gets old. Sometimes I see comments on my posts, or on Pinterest about “some day” or “I wish I could sew” or “someone make this for me.” Well, pick up your scissors and start experimenting!
I love stripes & french terry, so this dress immediately caught my eye at Goodwill. When I tried it on at home, the length wasn’t my favorite. Awkward to sit on the floor in, too long to be worn with leggings. It needed a new look!
30 minutes later, two pleats and a couple seams completely transformed the look! I didn’t have to cut a thing, it is all just folding & sewing. Super simple.
The pleats create awesome pockets, too! Perfect for stashing
snacks to hide from your children your cell phone.
This is the front and the back – since it’s a french terry it does add a bit of bulk in profile, but I like that it disguises my two-baby-belly.
Any too-long knit dress would work for this refashion, ready to sew for yourself? Be sure to use a ballpoint needle & stretch stitch!
You should try on your dress, and tuck the extra length down as you pull up the original hem, ending at a length you like. I brought my fold up to my belly button, approximately. Mark this with a clip or chalk.
Use a ruler to mark out that new fold evenly all the way around (thanks to my dress’ stripes, this was easy!) and iron both the top and bottom. On the back side of the dress, you’re going to pin the new bottom fold, along the original hem and catching your new inner pocket layer.
Mark the dress’s center back and sew from the center out, until you hit the side seam. Repeat on the other side.
Smooth from bottom to top, pulling the excess fabric out to the side, sew again out to the side seam. Repeat from the center to the other side again.
This is what your top should look like! Now it’s time to experiment with pleating.
Using pins, play around with the pleats! Different positions will create different pockets – settle on a style you like and then sew the center space, leaving yourself pockets on each side!