This has got to be the quickest and easiest no-sew refashion ever. It only took 10 minutes from start to finish. Taking the pictures took more time than the actual refashion. I just bought this vintage dress at Value Village today for $7.99 minus a 15% discount.
I had seen it before and admired the print and the beautiful silky fabric, but never thought it would fit as it is a size 12. But when I went back today, it was still there and I Still love it so I figured I could always make a top out of the fabric. But I brought it home and tried it on. As you can see, the top is quite puffy and not so flattering.
But I also love the little pearl buttons at the cuffs and at the back of the collar. They are very in keeping with the style and age of the dress.
I considered taking the elastic out until I noticed that the bodice lining was much shorter than the bodice fabric which was what was keeping it puffy.
So all I did was carefully cut the lining out of the top all around the neck, arm holes and waist. This left me with the lining fabric seen above.
Then I just had the top and the bottom attached without the lining and the elastic still in place.
So I was left with a much more flattering silhouette that I can belt and place the elastic higher or lower on my waist. What do you think of this refashion? Cheers, Michele