Throwback Saturday: Dress Redesign (Mad Men Inspired)

OK, so maybe I HAVE been watching too much Mad Men this summer.


I just can’t get enough!

I want one…….


I found this little number at the thrift store the other day and made it into this:


Here’s how:

First look in the mirror and pull the dress up until you get the desired hem length. Mark with safety pins where you would like the bottom of the bodice and the top of the skirt.

Stretch some quarter inch elastic around your waist to the desired tension. Cut and sew onto seam allowance, stretching as you sew to create a gathered look.

Now you could walk right into Sterling Cooper with your steno pad and start taking dictation for Don Draper.

And I seriously made it in ten minutes yesterday.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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21 Responses to Throwback Saturday: Dress Redesign (Mad Men Inspired)

  1. What a CUTE dress! I love the fabric! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Anonymous says:

    I Love it!

  3. Stacey says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing your creations…I need to remember your redesigns when I go to a thrift shop.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Very cute dress…..You continue to amaze me, Beth!

  5. Great dress. I want one, too, now.

  6. casu51 says:

    Love this dress and the color is great on you!

  7. oglenda says:

    Great fabric! The new dress is stunning.

  8. geejudy says:

    Love the pretty paisley fabric and the transformation is so wonderful

  9. Dorothea Nietert says:

    I have a question about sewing the elastic to the seam allowance. Do you sew the elastic down the middle of the elastic? I hope you know what I mean. I have a blouse with an attached peplum on the bottom but I want to hug we at the waist. That is a very cute dress! Thank you.

  10. Alison says:

    Any way of making the ‘after’ dress look like the ‘before’ version. It was so much nicer before you altered it …..

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