How to Turn an Old Vintage Dress into a Flirty New Dress

I love shopping for vintage dresses! Especially when you find a great pattern…but sometimes, the fit, or the cut just isn’t quite right. A few weeks ago I purchased this dress from a thrift store ($6) with the hopes to alter it into a brand new. Here are the before and after photos:

To transform your old vintage dresses, you will need:

– A Sewing Machine

– Scissors

– Pins

– A Sharpie or Pen

Step 1: Try on the dress. Mark with a Sharpie where you want the hem of the dress to be. I drew my line about 1 inch longer than I want the actual length of the dress to be for hemming.

Step 2: Lay the dress out along a table or on the floor. Cut a straight line along the bottom of the dress lined up to where you made your mark in Step 1.

Step 3: Slip on the dress and double check the length to make sure it is even. You may need/want a second hand to help you even out the dress.

Step 4: Turn the dress right-side out (inside-out). With the pins, pin a 1 inch hem. Sew.

Step 5: Next cut off the shoulders. Finish off the hem the same as in Step 4 above.

Step 6: Ta Da! A completely new dress! I styled this with a brown braided belt, and my Ecoté wedges. This dress also looks great layered with an oversized cardigan.

All photos taken by James.

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