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Old dress turned into a new one
Ok - so I found this dress and fell in love with the fabric it was made out of more than the actual garment. As luck would have it the darn thing was made to fit every little curve... so I bought it. There are still grand ideas floating around in my head about draping and shoulder straps and such, but I haven't had much time to play with it since I've gotten it put back together. Hopefully you enjoy it.

Posted by K-Li from Medford, Oregon, United States • Published See K-Li's 13 projects »
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  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here's the monsterpiece of a dress. It was too straight and the length wasn't flattering.

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Step 1! CHOP OFF THE PUFFY SLEEVES!!

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Step 2! Chop off skirt until it's at an acceptable length.

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 4
    Step 4

    I decided to use a contrasting fabric to make godets to add volume to the skirt. They're just triangles measured out based on the desired circumference of the bottom of the skirt. So you decide where to put them and how many - it's best to space them out evenly, the next time i do this I'll do it differently. At one point, while trying this on for fit it looked like I had a flowery stinger thanks to how the fabric decided to hang.

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut slits in the skirt to the appropriate length and attach the edges of the triangles you cut

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 6
    Step 6

    This is what I ended up with after changing the skirt.

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 7
    Step 7

    I then attacked the neckline deciding to go with a strapless look (For now that is. I plan on adding some ridiculously frilly straps at a later date.)

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 8
    Step 8

    I then discovered that I should have put the godets in (the triangle things) higher up, because the added volume was a little weird. I also liked the idea of having another contrasting piece of fabric for a new waistband, so I chopped away until I got the bodice/waist/skirt close enough to "right" to be satisfied :)

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 9
    Step 9

    After attaching the bodice to the skirt I went around the top with some fun ANCIENT gold bias tape I came across thrift-shopping one day... I found that it really helps to use an adhesive to hold the tape in place before stitching. All that was left was reattaching and shortening the zipper, hemming the bottom.

  • How to make a strapless dress. Not Such A Granny Dress  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Voila!
    My dancin' shoes are ready to take this creation out on the town - I apologize for not getting a picture of the back before my batteries died. I ended up adding grommets to the back to lace up the bodice. The dress works really well over a full net petticoat, another thing I'm considering just sewing in when I decide how/when/where to attach a strap or two. ;) Hope you enjoyed!

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Ravens Trove
Ravens Trove · Wenatchee, Washington, US · 35 projects
Great style and colors!
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qt_incamo
qt_incamo · Salt Lake City, Utah, US · 5 projects
I LOVE that dress soo freaking much!! I would pay tons of money if you would make me one exactly like that! Happy Great Job!! Happy
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K-Li
K-Li · Medford, Oregon, US · 13 projects
On this dress, the bodice was already like that - I added the gold tape just to add some pizazz and hide where I chopped the shoulders/sleeves off Happy
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Deana V.
Deana V. · Decatur, Illinois, US · 3 projects
How do you get the bodice part to overlap like that?
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Maaike
Maaike · Mechelen, Flanders, BE · 19 projects
This looks amazing.. just the right amount of vintage to feel gorgeous and new fabric to feel modern and fabulousHappy
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
i love your dress, awesome and well done!!!
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sporkyllama
sporkyllama · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 3 projects
That dress is so cute! ^_^ I would have found such a fabric utterly unbearable, but it looks lovely with the green and purple. <3
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LastKoalaBear
LastKoalaBear · Vancouver, British Columbia, CA · 33 projects
very nice! i love it :B
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Elizabeth
Elizabeth · La Celle-sous-Gouzon, Limousin, FR · 46 projects
Good idea thanks!
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