Quickest No-Sew Dress Refashion Ever!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then I just had the top and the bottom attached without the lining and the elastic still in place.

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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