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Twinkle Little Star Refashioned Frock

Added Jun 18, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...






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By request, I searched for a refashion frock at the Salvation Army last week. The survey I conducted a month ago indicated that many of you would like to see more refashion frocks. I have to admit, I like these because often they are less work.

Around New Year’s I had been seeing many party dresses with tulle on the outside of the skirt rather than underneath and wanted to recreate something like that.

When I looked through the Salvation Army racks I searched for a dress with a little glamour in the fabric, something the said “party”. I came across the dress (at bottom).

The material was a shimmery silver but the cut of the dress was hideous. Perfect for refashioning. It was a matronly faux two piece with no form except for the two spaghetti straps on the sides which pulled the waist to fit the person wearing it.

I bought it for $1.50 and took it home to think it over. I definitely wanted to try and go for the topside tulle look. So I went to the fabric store and bought 3 yards of gray tulle for only 30 cents a yard. What I loved about the tulle I bought was that I didn’t even need to cut it. The length and width were already the perfect size I needed. All I need to do was gather it.

I laid the dress on floor and stared at it for some time. The skirt was so straight that it was very difficult to get an a-line out of it despite the fact that it was quite large.

I cut the top piece away from the bottom and then cut the bottom into two side-by-side triangles that made a rectangle using as much of the skirt material as possible.

I then pinned the pieces to my dress form but still came up a little short of an a-line on either side. So I cut out two more smaller triangles from my leftover skirt and filled in the gaps to make a perfect a-line.

I then sewed the gathered tulle to the skirt and the combination of those two pieces to the waistband. I had to take the top in on the sides. After I did that I sewed the top of the waistband to the bodice.

Finally I cut a ballerina neckline into the top and hemmed the skirt and sewed in a zipper. VOILA! A new dress!! Chan looks ready for a New Year’s Eve Soiree.

I really liked how the tulle filled out the look of the skirt. I wanted a full a-line. The skirt underneath was not quite as full as I would have liked but with the overlaying tulle the look was exactly what I was going for.

All together I spent $2.50 on this dress. Not bad. See a similar one on Modcloth here




Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Mod, Romantic
Blends, Tulle

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    Jun 23, 2010, 09.46 AMby woman


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    Jun 21, 2010, 10.57 PMby kelepso

    I’m speechless! All I can say is WOW!

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    Jun 21, 2010, 08.15 PMby assets

    Gtreat from Ugly to Wonderfull and fun Great job

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    Jun 20, 2010, 02.28 AMby Ashlee Nemo

    Quite possibly the be refashioning EVER. love love love it! :)

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    Jun 18, 2010, 06.49 PMby laurafm

    you must feel like a princess :)

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    Jun 18, 2010, 04.05 PMby iroiro

    This is so lovely! I really like the idea of breathing new life into an old garment, and the topside tulle does a great job. :)

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    Jun 18, 2010, 03.44 PMby kelseykay

    this would definitly be a fun party dress!

    <3 kelseykay

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    Jun 18, 2010, 03.32 PMby laurii

    it’s lovely:)

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    Jun 18, 2010, 02.03 PMby tamezdc

    Good job refashioning! Very cute short dress.

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