Another Thrifted Dress Refashioned Into A Top!!

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I thrifted this dress for $6.99 but got 50% off on National Thrift Shop Day at Value Village, so it was only $3.50.  I knew it wouldn’t fit me, but I liked the fabric and knew there would be enough fabric in the skirt to make a little top.

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Here is the dress before refashioning.

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I took out my trusty seam ripper and removed the bodice from the skirt.  Then I removed the lining.  I had considered leaving it in but I wanted to try French seams with this top as I have never done them before.  Now I had three pieces, the bodice, the skirt and the lining.

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I gave the skirt a good pressing before starting and then took this vintage scarf top that I made and used it as my pattern.  I just basically cut out two squares from the skirt leaving the original hem at the bottom.  Then I zigzagged all my raw edges.  To make French seams, at least the way I did it, you must put your wrong sides together and sew your seams with a bare 1/4 inch seam allowance,  I trimmed off a bit of the fabric from the seam allowance. Then I pressed the seams well.  Then I turned the top inside out and sewed the seams with a 1/3inch seam allowance to trap the first seam inside.  This created a little pocket which holds all the raw edges inside for a smooth finish.  Then I just hemmed my neck and sleeves and I was done!!

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Here is the finished top.  I am quite pleased with it.  The fabric was inexpensive to start, so if I had blown this project, all would not have been lost.  I love the polka dots and the drape of the fabric, the only draw back is that it creases like blue blazes!!  So I will have to iron it each time I wear it.  What!!!!  I hate ironing, but I do like the top.  What do you think of my little refashioning?  Cheers, Michele

2 thoughts on “Another Thrifted Dress Refashioned Into A Top!!

    Tammy said:
    September 17, 2016 at 22:02

    Nice work looks great

      MicheleBrunskill responded:
      September 17, 2016 at 22:07

      Thank you so much, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway for my one year anniversary. There are lots of great prizes. Cheers, Michele

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