Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vintage project of the day: DIY pants to dress

I am an avid on-line shopper. I think it’s the best thing that came out of the world of web. I don’t have the patience to browse through the racks and I feel exhausted every time I do go shopping in stores. With thrift/vintage shopping, I can make an exception. I love finding vintage goods and transforming them to something modern. The plus with vintage transformation is that you can have something unique. And in case you mess up, there’s no harm done because many vintage pieces are not that pricey.

My latest vintage find was this chiffon sheer pants. I only bought it because it came with this super RAD jacket that I will blog about soon. The pants were too big and frumpy so I decided to rip it to pieces and make a dress.

**My rule about transforming thrift/vintage items is that it must be cheap enough that you don’t feel bad if you mess up**

Since I altered this last night and forgot to video it, here are some basic step by step of what I did.

First, I cut the pants lining, both the sheer chiffon and the inside of the pants.
Then I shortened the inside to a dress length that I want.  I left the sheer chiffon on it’s own since it will be the
Cut the area of where the pants use to be to make the dress even on the sides.
Iron the edges so that it will be even when I sew it together.
Once you sew it together, iron the edges to make it flat so that it looks like it was a dress all along. The result is my vintage project of the day: DIY pants to dress.

The next time I find a vintage item that I want to transform, I will remember to record it. I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to rock it for fall!

You can find these type of dresses in sites such as

as soon on on-line shopping sites