Refashion / Sew / Upcycle

Part one of Two: Back Attack! and the not so closeted lace addiction!

Part one of two: Refashioning from my sister’s second hand picks!

Check out this super cute linen/cotton dress!

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Attempting to close the snaps…

I’m was happy with the high-low hemline and the torso section. My busty-ness prevented me from closing the back snaps.

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If I just pull a little harder….

Hmmm how to make this work? First I attacked the back sections with my sharp shears. I also had to get rid of the straps in the process, because they were attached to the section I had to cut off 😦 …ah well, they weren’t that great anyhow.

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Maybe those snaps will come in handy for another refashion?!

And used my over edge foot/”serge” stitch to neaten up the newly raw edges

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This looks alright!

Now I needed to add something to the back panel.  I don’t wear this lace tank below alone (it’s see through!) but could never find the right layer to wear underneath….and so it sat neglected for many years!

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I have a serious lace addiction. This one was closeted for a long time!

I chopped the lacey tank straps and sewed them onto my dress.

I thought about adding a full panel of lace in the back, but failed to consider the fact that I actually have to get the dress past my shoulders of my hips to get it on!! So, I needed something with stretch, or the addition of non-stretchy fabric with some sort of fastener. But who wants to learn how to put in a zipper? Well I do want to learn, but not today! Zipper procrastination…am I the only one??

I figured using a skinny elastic would work. Covered with (drum roll…dum dum dummmmm…) you guessed it- LACE! This time, I basted the elastic/lace to the back of the dress, tried it on, basted again, tried it on, and then sewed it down with a zigzag when I was happy with the fit.  Nonna, you’d be proud!! Nonna bastes EVERYTHING before the final sew down!

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Stretch that elastic!

Here’s the fruit of my labour (which actually wasn’t that long, compared to previous refashions):

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It’s cold…should I really take the jacket off?

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Am I doing a good job of pretending it’s summer?

I’m not entirely happy with how the lace is flopped over, but I could say the look I’m going for is shabby chic?!

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And now…the back, post attack!

See what I mean??

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Droopy lace!

Ah well, I can live with it! It’s breezy and will be great when it’s hot 🙂

Part two of two to come soon!

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Before

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After

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