Dress Refashion (inspired by Shabby Apple)





I love dresses, I am sure I have mentioned that before. I also LOVE shabby apple dresses. They all are modest yet still stylish. Unfortunately I can not spend $80.00 on a dress, without a good reason. But I can use it for inspiration and attempt to make them myself.

What do you think?





This is what I started out with a navy dress and a t shirt. ( I got this navy dress of the clearance rack last year at Target for $3.00!! I wore it a few times during my pregnancy, and I haven't worn it since)


If you are interested in seeing how I made it, then read on:

The front had a empire waist:


I used a seam ripper and ripped the skirt part of the dress off:


The back was all one piece with shirring:


I cut the back of the skirt off under the shirring:

Then I measured my waist and cut some 2inch black elastic:

I stitched the 2 ends together:

Then I lined and pinned the elastic up with the skirt portion of the dress (right sides together):

I stitched the two together, I made sure to pull the elastic while sewing:

Next, I put the t shirt on inside out and out the skirt on, I determined how high I wanted it and marked my shirt:

Then I cut the access off:

Then I inserted the t-shirt into the skirt (right sides together):

I lined up the edges and pinned and stitched the two together:


Next for the flower part, I used the leftover fabric from the tshirt and cut off one of the seams:

Then I folded the material together and cut one inch strips of the fabric:

Then I cut a large circle out of felt:

I started sewing on the strips of fabric from the middle, like so:

Then going to the edge:

And around and around, ruffling the strips. Once I ran out of the strip, I would start another one:

I kept going until I made this:

Now, I could have sewn this to the shirt, But I decided I wanted to make this a pin so I can use it on other outfits, I glued a pin to the back:


All done:






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42 comments:

  1. WOW that is all I can say - that is VERY impressive. I would have never even thought to do something like that!

    Thanks for stopping by Little Miss Kate, hope to see you again soon

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  2. what a beauty!! Creative! I want to say that your version fits better and has a neater look than the original!
    I have a Master's degree in textiles and Fashion and I would have never thought of this idea myself!!

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  3. This is such a pretty dress! love it!!

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  4. That is such a pretty dress!! I love it! I think they look exactly the same! you did a great great job!

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  5. I love this makeover! Thank you for the great tutorial, pinning now. :)

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  6. Love everything you do... thank you so much for coming over and link at my party ;)

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  7. I love all the dresses you do! You make me want to bust out sewing right now. Such a cute dress!

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  8. I love it! You did a great job knocking off the original dress! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  9. Great job! I love how you took what you had on hand and made it fabulous. Enjoy your lovely dress.

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  10. LOVE it! It seriously looks exactly like the Shabby Apple one . . . great job! It looks fantastic!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  11. Wow! I think it looks better than the Shabby Apple dress honestly. And for the price you can't beat it! Thanks for linking up!

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  12. AWESOME! Seriously yours looks just like the Shabby Apple dress! I wish I could pull off this look!

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  13. What a cute dress! Great job!

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  14. You do such an amazing job. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. I like your version better! Great tutorial!

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  16. Fantastic job. Your dress looks fantastic. Came over from T&J

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  17. How beautiful! I'm always so impressed by those that can sew like you. :)

    Donna

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  18. Amazing job! Thanks so much for your step by step of how you made it {just in case I find a dress soon that can work} I featured you on my Friday 5, hope you have a fun weekend!

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  19. wow, your dress came out so adorable. I did this kind of thing once, but you've inspired me to dive into my closet and cut up more tees and dresses :)

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  20. This dress is beautiful! Well done and great job explaining how you did it!

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  21. I'm back, and I loved this so much I featured it on my blog today! You can check it out here: http://www.maybematilda.com/2011/06/five-favorites-611.html

    Thanks for sharing your great work!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  22. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

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  23. That's a stylin' dress! So pretty! It looks so much like the shabby apple dress!

    Blessings,

    Jenni
    (Pancake Art)

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  24. I love your's better then the original by shabby apple.

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  25. I love it when you can turn something you are tired of and make it into something fabulous! What a great idea! Love the outcome!

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  26. Nice job. Forwarded this to my sewing magician of a sister for inspiration! I'm a new follower from the 'Sundae' blog hop. Love your blog!

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  27. Love the clear concise directions! And I love shabby apple too! I posted a featured link to this for working out weekends at http://mommydomchronicles.blogspot.com
    Thanks for sharing

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  28. Great job, make me want to get my sewing machine out of the closet! New follower from the sundae hop, have a great week! You can find me at
    http://wvfrugal-wvsaver.blogspot.com/

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  29. This is absolutely Fabulous and soooo lovely! Thank you for sharing...and for your sweet comment on my blog! Wanted to let you know that I am sharing this tutorial with my lovelies today! Feel free to check it out!

    Thank you again~ Have a {Marvelous} Monday!

    Stephanie

    Shop: www.polkadotbungalow.etsy.com
    Blog: www.polkadotbungalow.blogspot.com
    Facebook: Polka Dot Bungalow

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  30. I love it so pretty, I would wear it proudly.
    Thank you for linking up to Bacon Time. For the first party it was a huge success with over 300 links. I am going to have a special give away next week just for linkers. Thanks for adding me to your linky list too.

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  31. This dress is beautiful! You did such a good job and I actually like your dress better then the Shabby Apple version. Thanks for sharing

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  32. Brilliant! You are such a talented seamstress! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

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  33. Wow! You did a GREAT job! I wish I was that talented!

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  34. I'm honestly blown away by this dress! Your project will be featured on Sew Woodsy tomorrow. Please feel free to grab a featured button and display it proudly! Of course if you have any new craft projects you'd like to link up we'd love to see you back! ;)

    Katie from Sew Woodsy

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  35. This is so fantastic! I am amazed at how talented you are! I loved it so much that I featured this on my weekly Tutorial Tuesday. Be sure to grab your featured button and stay awhile and check us out. http://www.morganandkari.com/2011/06/tutorial-tuesday-10.html

    Kari.
    Newlyweds on a Budget
    www.morganandkari.com

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  36. How adorable. I'm going to keep this in mind and copy your idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  37. I am have been staring at this dress for awhile! It is so stinkin' cute, great job chicka!

    I am featuring you on Spunky junky today!

    toodles~
    halsey

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  38. I "pinned" this post on pinterest.com. Hope you don't mind! http://pinterest.com/lalabugg/

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  39. Oh my goodness!!!! That is so ah- dor- a- bul! love it!! I seriously want to sew one of these right now... =] Looks fabulous on you!!

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  40. Love it! I just found your blog today. I will visit often. xx

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