I love finding vintage dresses at the thrift store and refashioning them into something pretty like this refashioned 80’s dress.
I found an awesome, vintage dress at the local thrift shop with interesting panels on the front. The only problem was, it had ugly long sleeves and an ugly high neck.
I bought it and cut the sleeves making them into cute puffy sleeves with an elastic casing on the sleeve hem. I also had to hem the sleeves. I cut the neck and put a new facing in to finish the edge. When I sewed the facing I ad to use interfacing and understitching. Its a great dress and super comfortable.
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I love the diagonal bias panels across the front of the dress. It’s a black fabric with red and blue pinstripes. It almost looks like purple from far away.
I love that the dress was a good length and already had and elastic casing at the waist. It made it easy to fit without changing the side seams.
I don’t really know if this refashioned 80’s dress is from the 1980’s but its from a time before the 2000’s. It could have been a 90’s dress though. The important thing is that with a couple of tweaks I made it a dress for me.
If your dress needs more alterations so that you’ll actually wear the dress, you can also: make a dress longer, add sleeves to a dress, add back darts to a dress, raise the neckline, and line a lace dress.
Refashioning dresses are so fun since there’s so much fabric to use. You can keep a lot of it the same, or redo everything. There’s so much opportunity when you start with a dress.