I felt it was time for an actual refashion walk through tutorial to show that I actually do the refashions myself. This one has been much requested, so now the blue and polka dot Goucho legged romper featured in a previous post as an end of summer find has been transformed to a pretty vintage style summer dress.
This is a before shot showing the original Goucho pant bottoms of the romper. I thrifted this beauty for $6.99 at Value Village, but the issue was that the body was too short and it pinched me in uncomfortable places. And the yoke style bodice was a little too finicky to lengthen, so the romper’s legs had to go to be replaced by a full skirt. I knew this would be an easy refashion so I dove right in without hesitation.
First I ripped the seams on the inside of the legs all the way across, leaving the front and back partial seams intact.
Then I turned it inside out and pinned The front of the old leg seams and using dress makers chalk drew a new seam line before sewing, trimming and zig zag stitching the cut edge to prevent fraying. I repeated this process on the old back seams from the legs I did try it on to ensure it fit and the new seams lay right, before trimming off the excess fabric and zigzagging the raw edges.
I trimmed about 7 inches off the bottom, zigzagged the raw edge and ironed a new hem. I need to get some dark navy thread to stitch down the new hem to finish it off. The hem now hits me just at the knee, a much more flattering length, I think.
So this is the before and after. I have the option of turning the halter straps into regular straps. Which option do you prefer? Also I am not sure about the whole bow thing, what do you think I should do with that? It seems a little fussy looking for my style and I think it would be very easy to remove. I would love some feedback as I am not sure this refashion is quite done. Unfortunately, once it is done, it will have to hibernate til next summer. Cheers, Michele