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.
Here is the dress before refashioning.
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.
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!!
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