Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nightgown to dress

Here is a XL cotton nightgown I got from a thrift store a few weeks back.

It was 50 cents, it had potential, and I decided why not add it to the ever growing pile of clothes I need to sew into something wearable.


I took the pockets off, cut about a foot or more off the bottom, cut both side seams and measured it to another dress I have, sewed up the sides using the new measurements, made a hem, made a belt out of the fabric that was cut off and voila! Wearable!

So windy!

The back.

After these photos were taken I realized the sides could be taken in a bit more on top, so now it isn't as bunched on top as it is here.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Go to your nearest thrift store, find something like this and give it a try. What have you got to lose? 50 cents?

And while we're talking about being thrifty.. I scored the shoes for $7, brand new.

26 comments:

  1. that is awesome! you and vanessa make me want to make cute dresses. i guess i should give it a shot and quit sitting around doing nothing! :D

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  2. What a great transformation. Perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is incredible! I really want to get a sewing machine. I see great stuff at my local Salvation Army all the time, but don't want to pay to have it altered. I might have to treat myself to an early birthday present.

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  4. The dress is sooo cute and I'm really impressed that you made that on your own. And the shoes are just perfect.

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  5. I have seen SO many nightgowns and thought, "That would make such an amazing dress if I could alter this way or that way."

    So psyched to see a post in my reader this morning where you did just that! So talented :) Makes me wish I could sew!

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  6. wow. sooo creative. and well everything looks great on you! I can't say I could pull it off but wow....nicely done :D

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  7. That is adorable! I am so impressed.

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  8. Wow, so awesome that you transformed that original dowdy dress. Agree, it had potential to be something cute (print is adorable and the fabric is perfect for a summer dress). I love how it turned out. But most of all, I love the $7 shoes.

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  9. I am very impressed. This dress looks so beautiful on you. I would pay good money for something as lovely as this in the store!

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  10. You are so crafty! That's a wonderful transformation from nightgown to dress. I would like to sew and create a lot with thrift store items, but I'm still scared of the sewing machine as of yet. I hope to one day get over my fabric fright. And if I'm really really ambitious I'd love to do millinery one day. But I get way ahead of myself with that last sentence. :)

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  11. Beautifully done and very inspiring. I am trying to buy less and sew more and its great to have your lovely images and ideas!

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  12. WOW! I decided to delurk for this...Now THAT'S what you call a transformation! Nice job, wish I had the time to learn to be/be that creative

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  13. You amaze me! Nice find with those shoes, i love them! Thrifting is one of my favorite things to do. there is this thrift store like 20 minutes from my house and about twice a week they have 99 cent day, and all clothes are 99 cents! i'm totally going to look for something like that nightgown next time i'm there!

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  14. amazing job! the end product is perfect.

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  15. Wow, what an amazing transformation of the nightgown!

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  16. This is an excellent idea! I need to do this. I love nightgown material to begin with so turning it into a sweet comfortable dress is an amazing idea.

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  17. That. is. so. cute!!!
    And those shoes. oh my goodness.

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  18. I have a pile too. Though I'm not by any means a seamstress. My favorite part is how cute the sleeves turned out. I have no idea how to achieve that look.
    btw, you make an adorable little model ;)

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  19. I saw this on Project Restyle and it's my favorite one in the bunch. You did such a lovely job.

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  20. so simple, so cute...

    I hope you don't mind me re-posting this on my blog...it is too lovely...

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  21. genius! those shoes are fantastic.

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  22. I want have to know more and more, on your blog just interesting and useful information.

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