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Make a dress from scratch with help of an old favourite as a pattern!
I was in Malawi recently with school and bought a lot of chitengas(fabric to wear round your waist) which we needed to wear in the villages. Back home I wanted to do something with them so that they don't just collect dust in my wardrobe. So I made this dress, which I'm kinda proud about, as I have never sewn anything from just fabric before.

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  • How to alter a revamped dress. New Dress With Help Of Old Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get your fabric.

  • How to alter a revamped dress. New Dress With Help Of Old Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold your fabric in half and put the folding at the top (up by where you want the straps of the dress to be). Then put your old dress on top of it.

  • How to alter a revamped dress. New Dress With Help Of Old Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut around it with seam-allowance. If you are like me and usually mess up, then make that A LOT of seam-allowance so that you have space to make mistakes.

  • Step 4

    I cut my straps much wider and made both front and back much higher up than the other dress I used as a pattern. But do as you prefer.

    Then hem it all round and sew it.

    I tried it on a lot in the progress as well, so that it would get just right and so that if something went wrong I could fix it easily. Just a tips.

  • How to alter a revamped dress. New Dress With Help Of Old Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    The dress did not come out as fitted as I wanted it. But instead of trying to fool myself that I could fix it, I took a piece of leftover-fabric and tied it as a belt. Worked pretty good!

    And DONE!

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geraldine
geraldine
Very nice! I like the print too, imagine it in teal, turquoise or mint.
Anna S.
Anna S. · 13 projects
Thank you! Yeah, I think it would look awesome in teal, turquoise or mint as well! The pattern truly is beautiful Happy
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Summer
Summer · Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, DE
I really like your dress (the fabric looks awesome!) and the instructions are clear. I like the idea with the matching belt Happy
Anna S.
Anna S. · 13 projects
Well, thank you dear! Hope it turns out well if you try it! Happy
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