Refashion Runway Week 4: A Summer Dress


It’s the last week of Refashion Runway, and somehow I made it to the end! This weeks challenge was a summer dress, and, anyone who has seen my blog probably realizes that dresses are my favorite thing to wear..

I took to a local thrift shop to find a dress to refashion for this project and I came across this Coldwater Creek dress (with the tags STILL on it – $69.00 – I got it for $3.99!).  I’ll admit, I usually play it safe with dresses I refashion (choosing ones that are somewhat close to my size), so at a size 18 this would be the biggest refashion I have ever tackled., but the color was so perfect I couldn’t pass it up…


What I did:
Took it in in the back and on the sides
Added darts to the bust
Shortened it.
At this point it was cute – but still kind of plain. So I dug up a skirt I wanted to refashion and cut the bottom off of it.
I used the fabric from the skirt to:
Cover the buttons
Add trim to the bottom
The dress still didn’t scream summer, so I added a cute heart cutout in the back and also lined it with the floral fabric from the skirt!

SummerDressProcessThe after pictures were taken at the Park of Roses, we went hoping for a sunny day, but the weather did not cooperate the entire time we were there (hence, the umbrella)..



Dress: Thrifted // Belt: Vintage // Shoes: UrbanOG // Umbrella: Tigertree_1080610


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Check out what the other contestants came up with and cast your vote here!


44 thoughts on “Refashion Runway Week 4: A Summer Dress

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  3. Oh, wow! I loved the neckline on the big purple dress and your redo really highlighted it. But! The heart cut out on the back! Wow, that just made it super!!! well done!

    • Thank you for your vote! You should definitely try it out sometime – you might surprise yourself! (and if you do try it, I hope you’ll blog about it – I’d love to see whatever you come up with)

  4. this is so gorgeous! i especially love the cut out heart – what a fantastic little addition. I’ll be working on my dress for the sewalong but I’m not sure what I’m doing yet.

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