Who doesn’t love a good denim dress?
Well not this one.
Eddie, Eddie, Eddie! What were you thinking? No wonder someone dropped it off at the thrift store. They probably laid it on the doorstep, rang the doorbell and ran. Really Eddie, you need to get out more!
Should I go for the J Lo look?
So I channeled my inner Edward Scissorhands and got right to work.
First determine where you’d like your new waistline.
Cut your new bodice length leaving enough for a seam.
Cut off the sleeves then pin and sew new side seams to fit.
Cut extra fabric from the top of the skirt leaving enough for a seam at the top.
Pin and sew new side seams.
Sew skirt to bodice, adding pleats or darts in the front and easing the back to fit.
To make the flounce ruffle, first measure from the shoulder seam, across the neckline and down to the new waistline. Mine measured sixteen inches. This will become the circumference of the inner circle. The width of the pattern will be how wide you’d like your ruffle. I made mine three inches which allowed for a small rolled hem. (If I had a serger, I would’ve serged the edge instead of hemming.)
I used the fabric that I cut off from the middle of the dress to make the flounce ruffle.
After cutting out your circle piece of fabric, cut a straight line from the outer to the inner circle to open it up.
Place the inner circle along your neckline, fold it under, pin and topstitch. I ended up tacking my ruffle in a few places but I think if the edge was serged tacking might not be necessary.
Next put the sleeves back in place and hem the bottom of each sleeve.
I thought it would be fun to add a decorative gather at the bottom of each sleeve so I cut two small pieces of quarter inch elastic.
Place the elastic on the inside of your sleeve and stretch slightly while sewing.
This added a nice detail to each sleeve.
And here’s your new denim dress:
Ok, so I don’t look EXACTLY like J Lo. But it was fun to think about!
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What a great transformation, Beth! The sunflowers are f a b u l o u s too!
Thanks Sarah! I drag my 15 year old son all over the place to take pictures of my refashions. Poor guy, but he’s a good sport and I think he takes some great pictures.
Your refashions are absolutely fabulous!
Thank you Sarah, I love refashioning and I would do it everyday all day long if I could.
Enjoy your day!
The JLo look really works for you 😉
A girl can dream…….. 🙂
You are such an inspiration! I’ve taken to looking at some blah pieces I have with an eye to creating something better!
Thank you Alice! Once you start refashioning you’ll never look at clothes the same again.
So cute! You really have a talent for seeing the possibilities in a dated garment!
The dress came out really well.
Thank you Robin!
Very clever; great professional-looking end result 🙂 You continue to inspire me!
Thank you for the encouragement, Mother Deer!
The ruffles turned out great!
I am tempted to tell you that was MY Eddie Bauer denim dress I donated to the thrift shop, but it isn’t. Didn’t we all have one like that about 15 years ago? Your dress is really cute. I love seeing what you are up to!! Thanks for the invite tonight, I may see you around 6:00. We are eating early.
I know Barb, I think we all had one just like it back then. Remember the classic Costco jumpers. Now I think the standard teacher uniform is the fleece vest.
Hope to see you tonight!
Super cute! I just love ruffles!!
Thank you! I’ve been wanting to try some ruffles for awhile. Now I want to put them on EVERYTHING! 🙂
This is awesome. I cannot believe the change. there is no way I would have picked up that dress. But I am now inspired – watch out thrift stores. I might email you when i have done it!!
Oh, Karen, I hope you try it. It’ so fun and you’ll never look at clothes the same again. Email some before and after pictures to me when you’re finished and I’d love to include them on the Your Projects page.
Great dress and yours is even better than J Lo’s.
Thank you so much Anna! What a nice thing to say! 🙂
So adorable!!! You’ll be the best-“dressed” kindergarten teacher around! 🙂
Thanks! I’m thinking about declaring this the Year of No Pants.
The woman who refashions more quickly than her shadow… Impressive again!
Thanks. I think I’m starting to panic, because school is starting soon and I have so much refashioning left to do. Once school starts, It’ll slow down tremendously.
oh wow….. You did such a great job…Eddie would be proud, I’m sure
The before picture is one ugly dress. The after is so beautiful and looks great on you.
Thanks, Brenda! This dress was one of those that evolved as I went along. When I started, I wasn’t really sure what the end result would be. Changed many times along the way. It was a fun transformation.
Love the ruffle detail!
Thank you! Now I want to put a ruffle on everything. 🙂
That is really cute! Good Job!
Thank you, Mira!
What a great job! Looks fantastic.
Thank you, Laura!
O.K. talk about inspiration! Great job… hmmm, now where are the car keys… I know I saw a bunch of those at the local thrift shop! Here I go!!!! Wish me luck!
I can’t wait to see what you make.
That is just amazing! I swear you have a magic wand somewhere!! 🙂
Abra Kadabra! Wouldn’t THAT be nice! 🙂
Wow, you are a very talented seamstress! Unbelievable transformation and it looks absolutely great…not like one of those projects that look “homemade”…yours looks store-bought. 🙂 I don’t know if I could do something like that (I usually absolutely hate alterations) but now I think I might actually try it and see what happens. Gasp!
You are so kind! It’s funny, and you’d never guess it, but I hate mending. I hope you try it because you might just surprise yourself. 🙂 If I can do this anyone can, REALLY! Thanks for your nice comments!
This is such a transformation! Thanks for sharing how to do the ruffle – always been wondering how they do it 🙂
You are so welcome Agy! I had been wanting to try this kind of ruffle for awhile, too. Now I want to try making one with lighter weight material. Might be my next post.
Enjoy your Sunday!
Oh my gosh this is amazing! I can’t believe the re~fashion… Love it! You are so inspiring me to look at ugly dresses in a different way.
It’s a great way to get a new wardrobe for very little $$$$. 🙂
You look awesome, love the new dress. I had a few of these frumpy ones, but I cut them up to make a denim quilt. Now I will be looking for one a the resale shop! Thanks
You are so welcome, Carole! Good luck and I’d love to see what you make!
Very cute! I’m working on a shirt with ruffles like that at the moment and I appreciate the work it takes. Wanted to let you know I nominated you for three awards.
Thanks so much for the nomination! I’d love to see your ruffle shirt when it’s finished!
It’s almost done. . .woohoo! Not sure how it’s going to turn out. . .this is my first really big refashion.
I love this dress Beth but don’t like making clothes….boohoooo…if you ever get sick of it I can give you my address….lol…hugs Khris
Thank you, Khris! It’s yours when I tire of it!! 🙂
Fantastic…I am coming to the states for a 12 week road trip…I could pick it up along the way somewhere….wink, wink…LOL
Love the make-over – I don’t think I’ll look at thrift shop denim dressed quite the same way now… they just might have a very stylish modern dress hiding somewhere inside. : ) Thank you for sharing!
You are so welcome, Fern! Once I started refashioning, almost every thrift store piece with some good fabric had potential. It’s hard not to take everything home with me and start cutting away. Enjoy your day!
waaah very nice, I really love how it is after!!! Congrat’ for this refashion.
Thank you so much!!!
This looks great! I’m starting to rethink some of those clothes that I pass up in thrift stores.
I used to thrift shop, hoping to find things that fit “as is”. But now when I shop I’m looking for the “what ifs”. Thinking this way while shopping has opened up a whole new world of possibilities.I’d love to see what you end up making!
wish you would give more instructions. i am a beginner at sewing and i LOVE to refashion stuff but have always been deathly afraid of it. unless it fits i do not buy it from a thrift store if it needs new elastic or just a trim i am ok with it but this much scares me. but i want to be brave if you can just add a little more detail and more pics (i know its asking a lot) so i can follow it more and then i might even be able to do this one my own.
I also have a horribly frumpy denim dress that I bought at Goodwill for halloween last year. I’d love to do a refashion similar to yours, except I’d like to create a sweetheart neckline + straps. Not sure if I can actually pull this off but thanks for the inspiration!
Oh, I hope you do and I’d love to see pictures!!!!! 🙂
I finally have them posted! check it out: http://sandpaperkissesblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/diy-denim-dress-refashion/
Yay! Turned out great! Thanks for sharing. I added it to the sewalong.
thank you so much!
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Wow, you’re so talented! I passed up a denim dress at the thrift store today but now I’m kind of regretting it 😛 Oh well, there will always be more, right?
Thank you, Ev! Yes, the thrift shops are filled with these big denim dresses. Next time….. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your many talents. I have a denim dress that I am going to try this on. I rescued it from the give-away box as soon as I saw this. Much appreciation for the encouragement.
Great job. You look so cute in it too.
Your comments are really brightening my day Sue!!! Thank you so much!!
Very neat. The redo fits better and looks much more flattering. You are very creative.
Thank you so much Cheryl Anne!
I’m pretty sure you are a long lost sister! Love your charisma, your style…and your shoes!!! Keep on creating…you are doing great things!!!!
Oh my gosh Becky, my long lost sister, you are so kind!!! 🙂