{DIY} No Sew Dress Refashion | Thriftanista in the City

5.19.2014

{DIY} No Sew Dress Refashion

Rather than giveaway a peasant dress I haven't worn in 2 years, I decided to do a quick no sew refashion. I removed the sleeves even though they they were a big attraction for me in the beginning as I prefer to keep arms covered even in summer.

no sew dress refashion

It soon became apparent that they were far too big and pouffy. I can't wear it with a jacket. Plus, they're a little dated. Normally not a problem for me but I was in a creative mood yesterday. It's very simple to do and was less than 30 minutes to complete.

how to remove sleeves from dress


It's a great diy for those questionable vintage dresses. The one you like with the awesome retro pattern or color but you're just not sure it's completely working for you.

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No Sew Dress Refashion

Remove sleeves with a seam ripper.
Iron on Heat & Bond Hem No Sew Adhesive to raw edges of armhole.*
Done. No more sleeves but it still has the vibrant turquoise color.

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Sewing will probably last longer but I didn't want to risk stretching the raw hem and turning my simple project into a thing. Once it goes into the mend pile, there's no guarantee it will ever be seen again.

Have you ever refashioned a dress?

*Heat & Bond will hold up in the wash but eventually it will stop sticking after several washes. I would recommend sewing (eventually) or dry cleaning.

sleeveless dress tutorial
THRIFT turquoise dress - leopard print belt - Target flats GIFT heart shaped glasses - necklace

***in other news***

Did you notice? I have a new haircut.This is my 3rd and shortest chop in 17 years. Each time has been hard because of attachment issues but I always feel good once it's done. I feel lighter like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Literally. I guess figuratively too.

Linking up with the lovely ladies of Monday MingleThrifters Anonymous, and What I Wore Wednesday.

turquoise peasant dress

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9 comments

Charnele Michel said...

Loving this cute and easy DIY. Hope you'll add this post to our summer style link-up!

xo,
http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

Ellen said...

You did a great job and that color looks fantastic on you!

Suburban Style Challenge said...

Love the pop of leopard with this color, which is gorgeous on you! Easy quick fixes like this are great... I did the same exact thing with a Jovovich Hawk dress from one of the Target capsule collections. I couldn't wear the dress with jackets or cardigans because it had belled, sheer sleeves. Off they came! I didn't even bother sewing or using binding tape for it though, I just left them raw. So much better!

Kimberly Gomez said...

Great idea to save a dress that needed just a little tweak to bring it back on trend. Love your hair! It's a great length for you and is very complementary.

Whitney James said...

Very pretty color, and I love the touches of leopard. Hair is looking good too!

~Whitney
www.whitneynicjames.com

Nicole Feliciano said...

The color of this dress looks amazing on you. And the cut of the skirt is so lovely!

Marie Young said...

This blue looks so good against your skin!

tisonly143 said...

I love the fact that you went brave with a leapard belt and that necklace love it :) I wish I could dress like that, so classy :) thanks for share

Terri. said...

I love it! What a great look. Thank you for sharing.

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