Spring is finally here and there are several items in our closets that we just kind of don’t want anymore. I have already paid Goodwill a visit and dropped off the most random box ever (clothes, picture frames, flags…. random). There were some things that I kind of didn’t want anymore, but I kind of didn’t want to get rid of. To this dilemma I say, “DIY!”
I got this dress as a hand-me-down from my older sis (I always get clothes from her when I visit home, and I love it!). For those out there who hate the idea of “hand-me-downs,” let’s just call it an aesthetically pleasing clothing inheritance. Sounds better, right? Anywho, I wanted to keep/get rid of this dress (my indecisiveness is showing). It’s super simple, but it has some great elements to it such as the silver coils on the shoulder straps, and of course the leopard print everything. Therefore I just altered it & spiced it up to extend its life in my closet.
Here’s all you need and all that you need to do:
• Maxi dress
• Sewing machine & thread / needle & thread
• Sewing pins
• While wearing the dress, mark a point near crotch area that will be the “seat” of your jumpsuit by placing the pin there. This should be about 3″-6″ below your actual seat area so as not to cause gathering at the seat once it is sewn up.
• Remove the dress and lie it on a flat surface.
• Make sure hems at sides are aligned, and cut the dress along the straight arrow line, from the bottom hem line up to the pin.
• Turn dress inside out and align cut legs.
• Place pins along cut to keep both sides of legs together for sewing.
• Sew (with machine of by hand if you feel like it) pants legs up along the blue line.
• Turn your new jumpsuit right side out and wear that bad mama jama!
Photocredit: Nichole Benson
This was so easy babes, I’d love to see you all repurpose and old maxi dress in your closet that you’re iffy about, and give it a new lease on life.
xoxo, dolls and dudes