Mary Jane’s Last Dance Dress

As promised, here’s what I did with the bodice of the dress pictured below.

Along with what was left of the bodice, I used some recycled materials.  The pink fabric is material left from another reconstruction. The recycled black butterfly nightgown pictured below was given to me from my grandmother–I believe she got it from her sister–for me to use as material (thanks!).

All recycled materials

First, I cut off the bottom of the knit butterfly shirt to use as the skirt for the new dress.

Gotta love free material 🙂

I wanted the skirt to be somewhat form-fitting. So, I measured and cut the skirt shape out of the bottom of the nightgown, and sewed up the seams.

Creating the skirt

Once a strip of the pink tube was cut and ready, I sewed the bodice around the top of the strip, and the skirt to the bottom. To ensure durability, I serged all of the seams and hemmed the bottom of the dress.

I sewed the new hem at the original hemline (which I’d taken apart to sew the side seams of the skirt).

Finally, I finished the edges of armholes.

The raw edges are pinned and ready to be sewn under

My husband and I were listening to Tom Petty this morning, while I was creating this dress. So, I titled it, “Mary Jane’s Last Dress”. 😉

With a belt
It's a great dress for a night out

Later today, I’ll post a sneak peek into the some upcoming reconstruction projects. 🙂

  1. Rosewillow

    September 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    That’s a very cute dress! (and I’ve got Tom Petty on my MP3 player, too!) LOL

  2. Stephanie

    September 5, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Hi! You don’t know me but I’ve stumbled upon your blog and I’m totally impressed by your creativity and your incredible sewing skills. I’ve got you in my favorites now! I have a blog too, but it’s private. I’m doing something similar with garage sale and thrift store clothes. If you wouldn’t mind sending me your e-mail address I can send you an invitation. I’d love for you to view it and give some input.

    1. verityclothing

      September 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

      Thanks so much!

      I’d love to check out your blog! I can’t wait to see your creations! 🙂

  3. Kimberly

    September 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    You are so talented!! Thank you for subscribing to my blog!

    Have an amazing week!

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