Altering an outdated thrift store dress is a fun and frugal way to update your wardrobe. This dress happened to sport a navy blue gingham pattern that never goes out of style, but the fit was so unflattering. With a few snips of the scissors and some well-placed new side seams, you can transform an old dress into a fabulous new outfit.
Things You'll Need
Dress form (optional)
Sewing machine with an universal 90/14 needle
Iron and ironing board
Put the dress on and have a helper mark your newly desired length with a pin. Take the dress off and measure from the pin down to the existing hem. Subtract an inch from this measurement to allow for a hem. Mark this new length from the existing hem around the entire dress with a piece of chalk or a washable marking pen.
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Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut off the bottom of the dress along the marks.
Turn the dress inside out and put the dress back on or use a dress form if you have one. Have a friend pin the side seams to fit your shape.
Take the dress off and sew along the pin lines. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.
Trim the new seams and finish them with any of the methods found in this article: 6 Easy Ways to Finish a Seam Without a Serger. Press the seams open with an iron.
To hem your dress, press 1/4 inch under toward the wrong side of the fabric.
Fold 1/2 inch under again and press so the raw edge is concealed.
Use a 90/14 universal needle to sew the hem in place.
Style your new dress with a jean shirt, tights, boots and scarf for a fall or winter look, or wear it with some strappy sandals and a cardigan in the spring or summer.