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Rowenta/Project Runway Challenge: Polka Dot Ruffle Dress

Added Sep 26, 2010

by distie

San Francisco, C...






This dress is for the Project Runway Remake Challenge Presented by Rowenta. The challenge is to take an existing garment and to turn it into something new, while using as much of the original garment as possible.

The original dress had shoulder pads, a collar, sleeves, and buttons all the way down the front (see the photos at the end). I wanted to make it more fun and youthful by creating a tiered ruffle skirt. I used a scallop stitch in white thread to give the edges of the skirt a pretty finish. I also removed the sleeves (and shoulder pads) and replaced the buttons with new white buttons.

This dress was made entirely from the fabric of the original dress, with the only additions being the new buttons.

Material Notes

Rayon Fabric




Garment Type

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    Jan 2, 2011, 03.14 AMby marloncosta

    That`s awesome what you made from this old fashion dress! You final dress is youthful, fun and very sassy! You should have been one of the finalist for this challenge! ; )

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      Jan 2, 2011, 03.25 AMby distie

      Thank you so much! I’m really happy with how well this dress came out, and excited that so many people voted for me!

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      Jan 2, 2011, 03.29 AMby marloncosta

      Well deserved!!!

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    Sep 30, 2010, 05.31 PMby Rose Mes

    love it could you make a tutorial, i have a lot of old long dresses

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      Oct 4, 2010, 02.05 AMby distie

      Adding the ruffles was actually pretty easy. All I did was cut two strips off the bottom of the dress (for the two ruffles). Then sew along the top of each strip with a long stitch length. You just pull the bobbin thread to gather the fabric into ruffles.

      I then just took both ruffled strips and sewed them on to the dress, one on top of the other, to create the tiered ruffle skirt. Does that help?

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    Sep 27, 2010, 08.48 PMby tamezdc

    Awesome remake!!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 03.03 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    A dress from grandma to grandchild, what a cuty creation. It is the rigth fabric, The rigth silhouete, the rigth details and of course perfect for Florida.

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    Sep 27, 2010, 01.52 PMby kelepso

    Wow! What a difference! Beautiful work.

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    Sep 27, 2010, 11.36 AMby misscarla

    Wow, that’s great

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    Sep 27, 2010, 09.08 AMby BeYou TiFul

    Wow, from a “granny dress” to a fabulous trendy dress! You did a great job. The yellow shoes are just perfect!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 08.35 AMby kihli

    Wow, you did an amazing job!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 07.58 AMby asperge11

    love it !

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    Sep 27, 2010, 07.00 AMby helluvaguy

    Very beautiful revision. Quite more sassy than the original.

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    Sep 27, 2010, 01.47 AMby Zane Tanqueco

    very nice!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 12.37 AMby kdrodgers

    Looks young, fresh and fun!!!!

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    Sep 27, 2010, 12.09 AMby scheryka

    Good job. And yes youthful looking.

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    Sep 26, 2010, 10.31 PMby mojo elgin

    looks great!

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    Sep 26, 2010, 09.54 PMby dorawarren

    great job!

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