Monday, February 18, 2013

Project Restyle: Shift Dress

I've got another Project Restyle to share, this week I re-styled a black shift dress.

The first thing I did was decide how long I wanted it to be, just like in the Bow Dress Re-style.
I'm 5'8", I like to wear dresses at a total length of 35" from shoulder seam to bottom hem.  So I usually cut it off about an inch longer, to include the hem.

The dress was too long, so here's what you do to shorten it:
1. Measure 2 inches up from the bottom, and pin all the way along
2. Cut the bottom off, following the pins
3. Roll the hem about 1/2" up
4. Roll the hem another 1/2" up so that the raw edge is hidden
5. Pin the hem down
6. Sew the hem in place.

The dress was too wide, so here's what you do to take it in:
7. Turn dress inside out
8. Place another dress, in a similar style over top of the dress as a guide
9. Place pins as a guide to where you should sew
10. Sew just beside the pins on the side further from the edge.

I also cut the sleeve about 6 inches shorter, and added a cuff that I made.

Now that I've got the ball rolling on my re-styling projects, I'm really enjoying bringing them from start to finish, the final product is well worth the work :)


  1. From a graduation gown look to an amazing sexy dress! Awesome job!

  2. You did I really good job, especially on the sleeves! I enjoy seeing projects where others measure and pin aka doing it properly. If I ever posted how I actually alter items you would die.

  3. it turned out so cute! i really really need to get my machine fixed. all that's wrong is the tension...and it's not even that messed up, but the top thread is showing through to the bottom. blah. i always used to alter my clothes! :)

  4. It turned out great! I love how you restyled it, and it looks adorable with those pink heels :)

  5. What a difference that made! It looks great!!


I really appreciate your comments :) You'll be hearing from me soon!!