Rip a Dress

September 12, 2011 § 3 Comments

The green dress with the black print screamed, “Pakou, take me home with you!” I walked around the store with the green dress in my hand pondering ideas for how I can make it more up-to-date. I tried it on and was convinced I could use my basic sewing skills to good use. Therefore, I did just that and have been working on the dress on and off for the past couple of weeks.

Below is the original dress with sleeves and shoulder pads.

The original dress with a matching belt.

1. The first step was to remove the shoulder pads. I used a seam ripper to take off the pads. A seam ripper is one of my favorite tools because it corrects sewing mistakes without notice (be careful not to use too much tension).

2. I used the ever so handy seam ripper to take off the sleeves.

3. Next, the seam was re-sewn to have a cleaner finish.

In three easy steps this vintage dress now has a fresh new look.

What projects are you working on?

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