diy: thrifted high-low dress

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

let me start by saying, I LOVE floral prints.  i love floral prints in the winter, spring, summer and especially in the FALL!  needless to say when i thrift shop, my eye is always open for garments with great floral patterns, they are always an inspiration.  sometimes i keep my thrifted garments in their original splendor, but most times I reconstruct my pieces  to give them a more up-to-date look.

while shopping at one of my favorite local thrift shops I spotted this amazing floral fabric that SCREAMED freepeople or allsaints.  the only hitch was that this fabric was made into an old maids dress :/... but I saw its potential!  why not get rid of that dated lace eyelet, drop that neckline and funk up the bottom by turning it into a high-low hem?!  me like how that sounds!

what you will need:
  • awesome thrifted dress
  • seam ripper
  • pins
  • pair of scissors
  • needle & thread
  • iron
how you will DIY:
  • try on your dress and mark how low you would like your neckline.  also mark where you want the "high"/shortest part of the skirt, to begin; leave a little wiggle room so adjustments can be made later, if need be.
  • use your seam ripper to remove any unwanted accoutrements on your garment, in my case it was the lace eyelet and the non functional buttons.
  • next, use your seem ripper to remove the seem in your neckline, until you reach your mark.  turn the garment inside out.  fold the neckline fabric back into a 'v' shape, pin it in place.
  • fold the dress in half, making sure that the fold is in the middle of the dress and your mark is visible.
  • place the folded dress on the floor, cut a semi circle in the front of the dress, an inch away from your mark - this is how you create the high-low effect.
  • fold your newly cut hem onto your mark and pin it in place, rounding out the edges as you go.  also, try on the dress again to make sure your high and low lengths are to your liking.  
  • iron both the pinned neckline and skirt hem.
  • sew a small stitch along the neckline and the hem of the skirt.  
  • iron both the pinned neckline and skirt hem.
  • walla magic! :D  *lil' scrappy voice* you now have a kute, completely re-vamped thrifted dress and you did it all by yourself!!! 
awesome reconstructed thrifted dress, gap belt, bebe moto leather jacket, enzo boots


  1. love love love!!! great post... can't wait to see what else you come up with!!

    xx, EJ

  2. LOVE this! I can't wait to try it myself.


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