Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Daffodil Dress

Before: thrift store dress ($1) - a bit matronly

(Sorry for the less than spectacular pictures - trying to take pictures while home by myself. I may have to break down and get a tripod and remote)

side view

trying to get a back view - kind of like how my tattoo peaks out (you can see the full view here)

This dress was definitely a "make it up as I go along" project so I don't have a full tutorial but I'll share the basic steps:

1. Removed the weird little doo-dad at the waist in the front
2. Used my seam ripper to detach the skirt from the bodice.
3. Cut a lot of length off of the skirt, from the waist end
4. Used the fabric from the extra length to fashion a waist band - basically a tube
5. Turned the bodice around backwards, so the front was now the back and the back was now the front, then attached the waist band.
6. Ran a gathering stitch along the top of the skirt piece and attached to the waist band.
7. Inserted a zipper into the back.


  1. very cute, what a good imagination!

  2. Wow! I am inspired! I really need to learn how to sew better. Great job!

  3. Love it! It's got such a cute retro vibe with the fitted waist, and I appreciate your tip about turning the top around to change the neckline.

  4. I'm definitely going to have to try this! Really inspiring!

  5. This is really lovely, Jennifer - that dress was a really good find. Perfect for spring!

  6. Nice transformation!

    Jess @

  7. This dress came out really nice! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday! I can't wait to see what you have to share next week!

  8. is flattering and looks comfortable...

  9. absolutely beautiful, the cut is perfect. well done!

  10. Awesome, inspiring, impressive...totally cute!