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Make a new dress with the help of an old one, this time maxi.
Ever since I bought this fabric in Malawi I imagined a greek-inspired(or something like that) maxi-dress. However I was not sure if there was enough fabric as all the other ones didn't make the cut. But lucky for me it was just enough! Yet again I used an old dress as pattern and with a belt it turned out quite nice!

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

    Take your fabric. If you are doing a maxi-dress like me, make sure it fits around you and lenghtwise.

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

    Lay the fabric down as you want it to be. For me I planned a slit by one of the legs as the fabric I use is kind of stiff. So I folded it lengthwise and put the old dress' side by the fold. Which also minimizes the sewing. And as I don't have that much space in my room I use my bed as my working space.

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

    Then cut it according to how you want it, the straps etc. Let the length be as it is and fix it later on.

    A tip for which dress you should use as a pattern - if you are using stiff fabric(like me) use a dress with stiff fabric. A dress you know fits you perfectly without stretching. because otherwise it will get too small.

  • Step 4

    Then you hem everything that needs to be hemmed. My mom gave me a tip afterwards to make it hold longer - sick-sack stitch all the edges so they won't fray.

  • Step 5

    I'm not that good at explaining as I didn't really have a plan before I started. But after hemming, try it on and estimate how much you need to sew in the side/sides. I had to remake it several times to get it fitting me.

  • Step 6

    When you are satisfied - which took a lot of trials and errors for me - try it on and measure at what length you want the dress. Cut it with seam-allowance, hem and then sew the edges.

    Make a belt out of leftover fabric and you are good to go!

  • How to alter a revamped dress. New Dress With Help Of Old Dress   Part Two - Step 7
    Step 7

    Voila!

    You can't see it in the picture but there is a slit up my right leg. Which is another tip if your fabric is really stiff. Because otherwise you might not be able to walk in the maxidress, which would be a shame.

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