A Thrifted Fabric Curtain Panel Turned Into A Dress in Two Hours!! For Less Than $3.00!

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As soon as I saw this curtain panel in Value Village I snatched it right up.  I love the print and the colours and for $2.10 with my 30% off coupon, it was a steal.

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The only problems with it were:

  1. It had a print going the width of the fabric.
  2. It was less than 2 metres long and only 1 metre wide barely enough fabric to make a dress the regular way without the interference of a width wise pattern.

But I loved the fabric so much I knew I had to make a dress out of it using the same pattern as my tablecloth dress from a previous post.  So I got out the tablecloth dress and used it as a pattern to cut the skirt of the dress.  I zigzagged the raw edges, sewed the front and back together and turned up the hem.

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Now I had a completed skirt.  But what to do then?

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I only had this much fabric left!!  So I slept on it, not literally, just left the completed skirt and the remaining fabric sit overnight and hoped for some inspiration.  I went back the next day and stared at that remnant long and hard.

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And then I fold it in half, and cut out a neck hole.  That was the hardest part…to take the scissors to that remaining piece.  But I committed to it and did it.  I then zigzagged the raw edges.  Still had to think on it…had a big cup of coffee and then went back to the challenge.  I decided that the larger orange print would be my front and the more black portion would be the back.  I cut a small slit in the front portion and then got out some bias tape and stitched it around the neck opening.

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Then I top stitched, making sure to use orange thread on the orange portion and black thread on the black portion as you can see in this photo.   I stitched up the sides and then…what to do, what to do?  Putting the pieces together as is, made the dress far too long.  So I whipped out my trusty sewing scissors and cut off about 10cm of the black at the top of the skirt.  I zigzagged my new raw edges.  I took fabric chalk and made marks to help me line up the patterns in the front as I am a bit visually OCD and any misalignment would drive me crazy.  Then I stitched the top and bottom together, praying all the while that it would work.  I turned the edges of the arm openings over and repeated the same colour top stitching pattern as the neck line…orange with orange and black with black.

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So here is the finished dress!!!  The front view is on the left and the back is on the right.  I am so amazingly happy with how it turned out.  I figure that it is one of my best refashions from a thrifted item yet!!!  I can’t wait to wear it, even my youngest daughter thinks it looks amazing.  So with the black bias tape and the tread that I already had, this dress cost me less than $3.00!!  Bargain!!  What do you think of my refashion of this curtain panel?  Cheers, Michele