Dotty for Polka Dots Dress Refashion!! Advice Needed!!

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Here is that yellow with black polka dot 80s style dress that I had thrifted in a previous post.  I have spent a fair amount of time thinking over how I would go about making this dress less 80s and more modern while still retaining its charm.  But I still can’t decide, so I will leave it up to you guys.


First, those enormous shoulder pads had to go.  Out came the seam ripper, and off came the shoulder pads.


Then the big puffed sleeves, I took my seam ripper again and opened up the seam to separate the sleeves from the body of the dress.


The skirt and waist fit quite well and I don’t plan on taking them in or altering them much other than putting a dart running down the back of the bodice and across the waistband into the skirt to bring it in a bit.  I unfastened the belt loops from the second attachment on the waist to allow me to take the top in up to the underarms.


Now here is the kicker…do I alter and shorten the sleeves and put them back on or leave them off and bind off the openings?  I don’t know.  What do you think?  Sleeves or no sleeves? Cheers, Michele

2 thoughts on “Dotty for Polka Dots Dress Refashion!! Advice Needed!!

    Linda Wilson said:
    February 12, 2016 at 08:28

    That’s a tricky one! I like it no sleeves, but depends on which way you will get most wear out of it! I really like the fabric belt.

      MicheleBrunskill responded:
      February 12, 2016 at 08:33

      I am leaning more toward sleeveless too. I love the fabric belt as well, I love it when I can get the matching belt with a dress. That seems to be a big 80s trend. Luckily I have thrifted lots of 80s dresses. Sometimes I will use another belt instead, but love the original as the primary option. I have found two great bloggers to nominate for the Liebster Award, do I have to have more? I am awaiting their responses to my emails about nominating them before publishing my post, or do I just go ahead anyways? Thanks again for the nomination. Cheers, Michele

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