Browse any thrift store and you will see loads of vintage dresses circa 1980 or 1990. Floral or geometric pattern maxi dresses with shoulder pads, something Melanie Griffith’s working girl would’ve worn on Casual Friday. The funny thing is, as with all fashion, everything comes back around. And let’s just say I have a soft spot for floral sundresses thanks to my youth. Mixing my obsession with bohemian style and latest floral dress trend, I knew the second I saw this discarded 80s dress that it had to be mine. And what’s better, I knew that it would take me all of 20 minutes to turn it into something fabulous.
Off-the-Shoulder Dress DIY.
*This post is an homage to my great friend Alida of Alida Makes who after this month is taking a sabbatical from blogging to pursue her dreams of Fashion Merchandising. She has been hosting the ‘ Sew the Series’, and her final hurrah this month is ‘Golden Girls’. What better way to honor Alida, then sewing along for her final month – and wearing a dress Blanche would rock like a diva. Because Lord knows, those ladies had enough floral ensembles to last a lifetime. To you Alida, THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND. I love you hun.
- Thrifted dress
- 1 yard 1/4″ wide elastic
- Basic sewing essentials
Skill Level: Beginner
Time Needed: 20 – 30 minutes
Step One – Try on dress to determine where you want the neckline to be. Using a rotary cutter, cut neckline and shoulders off, approximately 1″ above your desired finished line.
Step Two – Finish raw neckline edge with either a serger, zig zag stitch or pinking shears for a quicker sew. Fold neckline down 3/4″ towards the wrong side and press, sew along the bottom finished edge all around – leaving a 2″ opening. This will create a casing for your elastic.
No serger? No problem. This will add about 10 minutes onto your sewing time, but it is not a big deal. Simply fold the raw neckline edge 1/4″ towards the wrong side and press. Fold again 3/4″ towards the wrong side and press, then sew along the bottom folded edge all around – leaving a 2″ opening.
Step Three – Using a safety pin on one side of your elastic, slip inside of the 2″ opening into your neckline casing. Pull elastic all the way around, making sure the other end of the elastic does not get pulled into the neckline casing. I like to pin the opposite end of the elastic in place, just to be sure. Once you have weaved your elastic through your neckline and back out the 2″ opening on the other side, pin elastic ends together, overlapping 1″, and sew using a zig zag stitch back and forth. Finish sewing the 2″ neckline opening closed.
You are finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…