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My daughter bought this fashion-woe.  It was one of those really nice dresses that looked smashing on the rack, but was ill-fitted and ugly once you look in the mirror.  Have you ever made one of those clothing mistakes?  *Raises hand up high!* She came to me to fix it for her, and after a lot of mulling around, I decided to chop at it.  Last week I showed you how to refashion a cute striped shirt longer by adding some lace.  This week, we are going to use that same lace and remake this outfit, too.

She is wearing a shirt underneath the dress in the first picture, because the neckline cut is just too low.  A deep cut line can be very sexy, but it has to be a well-fit, first.

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

After a few unsuccessful attempts to make a waistline, I decided that I needed to take the plunge and just chop the dress up.  We happened to find another knit dress that fit her nicely at the Salvation Army the next week, so I used it as a pattern guide.

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

Do you see the blue markings?

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

As my youngest used to say when she was 5 years old, c’mon, let’s go, chop, chop!!

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

From here, it was pretty easy.  I pinned up the new sides and sleeves, turned it under, and sewed with a zig-zag stitch because of the knit stretch.  To prevent the foot from snagging on the material and stretching it out, I used some tissue paper underneath the fabric.  You can see it here, where I ripped it away.  Don’t worry, it will wash away in the washing machine.

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

Here is some remnants of my lacy camisole from last week’s refashion:

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

Using more of the t-shirt fabric, I made two layers, one of lace and the other of t-shirt, and cut into a square.

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

Iron and pin together.  I am fortunately, because my lace has a ridged edge already, so I can just iron under right there.  I sewed it at the edge there to make it easier to attach to the knit dress.

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

Pin it up and sew it in.  If you are OCD like me, you will want to fix the seams of the t-shirt and lace once it is sewed in.  I hand-stitched for more control, but if you are better with the machine than me, you could probably get away with just doing that.

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

Here it is!  All done!

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

Looks so much better, doesn’t it?

Remake a Knit Dress with Lace and Cutting

 

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