My first refashionista guest needs no introduction, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway. Please put your hands together for....DISNEY of Ruffles and Stuff! If you haven't yet discovered Ruffles and Stuff, you have probably been living under a rock. Disney's blog is a virtual how-to guide to looking gorgeous on a very modest budget. She is also a very sweet person and I am blessed to call her a friend. Now, without further ado, here is Disney:
Hello, everyone! I'm Disney from Ruffles and Stuff, it's wonderful to meet you all! And I'm so delighted to be part of Alida's super fun refashioning event. I love refashioning! It's definitely one of my favorite ways to sew. It's a great way to recycle, cut down your crafting budget and best of all, skip some tedious sewing steps!
Today I'm sharing the refashioning of a dress that a dear friend at church gave me. She thought I could take it in and make it fit, but I had more in mind for it than just that!
Here's the dress before:
Very nice on me, I think. :o)
And here....is the "after"!
I took in the sides...
Hemmed up the bottom...
And used the extra fabric to make a ruffle around the neck!
Do you have a dress sitting in your closet to re-work? If not, hit the thrift store, lady! There are tons there waiting to be rescued.
Here's a little more detailed how-to:
- Start with a long sheath dress. If your dress is too big, like mine was, you'll want to take in the sides. Just turn your dress inside-out and sew down the sides, following the original shape of the dress.
- Then you'll want to try on the dress and find the right hem length for you. Add an inch or two to that, and cut off the excess evenly.
- Use the part you trimmed off to cut a 4" strip, 1.5-2x your neckline measurement. Be sure to use the hemmed edge so you don't have to hem your ruffle.
- Serge or zig-zag the raw edge of your 4" strip, hem the two ends and then gather it into a ruffle. Pin your ruffle to your neckline (wrong side of ruffle should face right side of dress) and sew on!
Isn't that an easy refashion?
And what a dramatic difference!
I hope that gets your mind reeling of fun things to alter. Once you get started, it's hard to stop!
Thanks so much for having me over, Alida!
Don't you just love her? Thanks so much Disney for being a part of this event! Stay tuned for more special guests, and a big GIVEAWAY at the end of the event!