Day 2- Maternity Jumper to Maxi Dress

Welcome to Day 2 of my 7 day (I-need-to-get-off-my-butt) challenge.

Let’s just bask in this together for a second, shall we?

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Thursday I found another glorious homemade item!  I LOVE the fabric, but the over sized jumper is not doing much for me. I’m thinking in a past life this must have been a maternity jumper, because the middle is quite roomy.

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First, I used my handy, dandy seam ripper to open up the inseam.

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I wanted to tackle the extra width next so brought the outer seams in about an inch and a half on each side from armpit to waist.  While checking the fit I realized if I flipped the front and back I would have a nice high neck and low scoop back so I switched my focus onto how I could convert the pant legs into the skirt of a dress.  I cut the back open,

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And removed the darts from the original front side of the dress.  The pleats were causing the back of the dress to billow so by removing them I was going for a smoother finish.

Darts before…

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Darts after! (I very unceremoniously tore the darts out. If I had been patient I would have walked across the room and used my seam ripper).

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I cleaned up the rough edge and brought the fabric together to the original width. Next, a few things happened that were not documented well (apologies).  I turned the front inseam into a slit by only sewing the upper half closed and leaving about a foot and a half slit for movement.

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I also made a seam down the centerback making a single seam from the top of the dress along the back inseam. Finally, I removed some length so I wouldn’t have a train.

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And here she is! (I just realized I call clothes “she”, is that weird?)


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I’m not sure about the length, but I figured it was fun to try something long for once.  You may be seeing this one make a reappearance in the future to lose some length for summer!  How are my fellow challenge participants doing?  I had a few people ask if they can participate if they can’t commit to a week. Answer: Of course!  It’s all about making a goal and sticking to it.  Happy sewing everyone, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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4 comments

  1. Super cute! By the way, I posted my first refashion of the week on my blog — jenniferelliott14.com — and the Refashion Co-op. I give you permission to copy the photo for your blog, if you would like — letting your readers who is joining you in your awesome challenge. 🙂

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