Summer dress refashion


e1I’m feeling invigorated ! I remade a dress, and I just got back from JoAnns. My stash is a little bit healthier, and I have black and white thread (how bad is that – I was down to almost none, less than half a spool of each).

The dress. Originally, it was Vogue 1297, a Sandra Betzina dress that I blogged back in February as my Valentines dress.


I love this Betzina dress and this fabric! But it was simply too big for me with my weight loss. I wanted to save the fabric, so I laid it out on the floor and, voila, a new dress. It’s the same as my recent muslin using the bodice from Kwik Sew 3873, but with long sleeves.



I might decide to shorten the sleeves later, but for now, I like them long.



Now, that tripM7597_01 to JoAnn’s – I also picked up McCalls 7597, which, IMO, is a super cute and versatile kaftan pattern. It has options for a top, tunic, short dress, or maxi, with or without a narrow mandarin collar.

I’ve seen it online, on BMV, but I always gave it a pass because the envelope pic they show (at left) is just …well, you decide. For some reason, I took a closer look yesterday. Wow. What a nice pattern!

I love the the large floral maxi dress. Decisions, decisions – all of the options are so appealing.


I need a nap now – fabric shopping wears me out 🙂 Bye for now – Coco

8 thoughts on “Summer dress refashion

  1. Nice re-make, cute and girly! I, too, was out of black thread and JoAnn’s saved the day yesterday–I’m fine with their Gutermann threads. Back to the sewing machine with black/white/cream projects.

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    1. Isn’t it weird to run out of a basic thread?! I’m so lazy…the grocery has Coats and Singer thread, but they’ve both become awful, I think. Keep frazzling. I primarily use Gutermann, and just keep my bobbin race clean – it does lint up a bit.


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