Before … BLERGH!
Marisa Lynch is the author of the uber popular blog New Dress a Day, AND a brand spanking new book that just launched this week — “New Dress a Day: The Ultimate DIY Guide to Creating Fashion Dos from Thrift-Store Don’ts“! I received an advance copy, and I have to say, I am super stoked to try out some of these DIY projects — despite my less-than-basic sewing skill set. Marisa presents every project in such a perfectly comprehensible, clear-as-day way, you won’t feel like you need an MFA in Sewing and Serging to get started. (That’s a thing, right?) Plus, if you’re anything like me, you’ve seen literally 1,000 thrift store muumuus that could’ve been AMAZING, if only they weren’t, well, muumuus. This book enables you with the crafty power to change all that! Today, Marisa is deconstructing a truly unfortunate bridesmaid dress, for your viewing pleasure. Take it away, girl!
So, the question still remains: Can you really wear that bridesmaid dress again? We’ve all either been in weddings or have been to weddings, and the bridesmaid gowns aren’t always the most chic or flattering. And, since it’s up to the bride to decide what she wants, the rest of us just have to smile and nod.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can definitely wear that dress again! Maybe not in the same shade or incarnation, but it’s totally doable with just a little elbow grease and creativity. Katherine Heigl should have read this post instead of coveting all those 27 Dresses in her NYC apartment closet.
This dress is a traditional Filipino butterfly sleeved one, which is pretty much a sight to behold. Bright pink, and big ol’ puffy sleeves! Can it be salvaged? Yes, it totally can!
To make this wearable again, I hacked away at the hard/papery/coffee filter-esque material that was sewn in each of the puffy sleeves to give shape.
Removing the “coffee filter”-esque filler.
We could have used material to brew coffee after! Post-sleeve fix, I worked on removing the bodice from the skirt, to turn this into two separate pieces. Since it won’t work again as a dress, we’re getting crafty and repurposing the skirt into a completely different piece.
The stitches around the waist were removed and the dress turned into two pieces! Next, the raw edges at the bottom of the bodice got pinned under and then sewn in place.
The neckline was given a little cinch and pinch, whereby cinching the bust area and pinning a safety pin in place, a bit of ruching is created and in just a few easy steps, you can go from frockalicious to super chic and have something appropriate for day …
Love that sweetheart neckline!
… or night with just some accessory changes!
Sexier by night!
And, this piece started out as a number that a handful of gals wore at a wedding. I mean, who would have thunk it? A quick and crafty process to create something fun and current out of something dated and well, not so current.
Have you repurposed a bridesmaid dress? How did it turn out? Tell us in the comments!