Polka Dots That Won’t Do Up!! A Dress Refashion!

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I bought this beautiful handmade red with tiny white polka dots dress in a recent thrift haul for only $6.99 at Value Village and it was an additional 30% off on top of that. Who ever made it did a beautiful job of pleating the skirt and pin tucking at the neck line.  But unfortunately, they must have been smaller than me through the chest so as you can see from the photo, it doesn’t do up in the back.  But I could see the possibilities.


First I turned it inside out and found these two lines of white stitching that were holding the neckline closed.  I carefully unpicked the stitches with the seam ripper.


And voila, the dress now does up.  And fits me so much better through the chest.


I love the 40s or 50s vibe of this dress and will love wearing it once the weather is better.  Thank goodness for a simple no-sew refashion as I just can’t seem to get into sewing right now.  What do you think of my refashion?  Cheers, Michele

2 thoughts on “Polka Dots That Won’t Do Up!! A Dress Refashion!

    Linda Wilson said:
    February 16, 2016 at 18:06

    Pretty simple. Bet you couldn’t believe it when you saw those white stitches. A refashion with a very fast and happy ending!!
    Wish it was warm enough for you to wear it too! I’ve got so many new thin tops to wear I can’t wait for at least a bit of warmth!

      MicheleBrunskill responded:
      February 16, 2016 at 18:37

      With almost 2 feet of snow coming down today, I can’t wait until the weather warms up. I love polka dots so that dress is going to have heavy rotation this spring and summer. Cheers, Michele

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