I decided to try "refashioning" again. (One of these days, I will start a blog with all my sewing projects on them. But for now, this one will have to do.) I found a dress that was too big for me at the local Goodwill that matched a pair of brand spankin' new shoes that I recently bought. Unfortunately, I had nothing else in my closet that matched, so I took a chance with the dress. In the pictures, it doesn't look like I did anything to it. Believe me, I did. Check it out!!
The dress when I bought it. My little helper didn't want to be seen, so she held the dress over her face.
Next, I put it on to see just how big it was. Then, I laid it flat to mark where I needed to sew.
For the straps, I measured one inch down, marked it, then put a pin through it to keep the material stable during sewing. For marking, I used a fabric safe pen that washes off with water. You can tell in the third picture down where the line was.
Next, I marked 3/4" from each side. Again, I used the fabric pen and the pin to keep it in place. This measurement was based on how much I wanted to bring in from the sides. When measuring clothing to take in, make it comfortable for you.
After sewing down the sides and across the shoulder straps where I marked the lines, I used pinking shears to cut the extra fabric, since I don't have a serger...yet!!
Voila!!! I slipped on my new coral shoes and denim jacket and I'm ready to go!! (Normally, I would iron out the wrinkles, but, for the sake of taking a picture and sticking it on my blog, I skipped that part!)
I don't have "mad skills" when it comes to sewing but, maybe, with a little patience and time, I will get better. For now, I'm going to keep it simple. :)