This bold fabric caught my eye at the thrift store:
Do I look like a frumpy hippie? Maybe I look like I look like I’m wearing fabric that should be a curtain? Haha, anyways, I did see some potential in this dress. It even had a working zipper in the back, so if I felt the urge to make it super fitted, it was possible (and I could still procrastinate learning how to install a zipper).
Also, it was made in Canada. Truly vintage.
I started by chopping off some length. The bottom section of fabric would become my sash.
Since there was a slit down the sides, I had two pieces of fabric from the bottom of the dress. I sewed the two pieces together together (to make it long enough for a waist sash), then folded the fabric in half (right side to right side).
I sewed a straight line (making a tube) and then pulled the fabric through to the right side:
And then I hemmed the raw edge of the dress. I used a metallic needle with metallic thread and guess what? The thread didn’t even break once (right tool for the right job)!! Hurrah!!
After trying it on with the sash, I decided I liked the draping extra fabric around the torso, and therefore didn’t need to take it in (less work–>YES!!).
A fast and easy refash! Maybe now the dress exudes somewhat less curtain vibe and somewhat more hippie vibe…what do you think?!