This purple dress was another $1 thrift store find from back in November. I’m still playing catch-up for all of the projects I completed over the last month.
I really didn’t mind this dress the way it was, aside from the fact that it had no shape and it was extremely short.
The factors that grabbed my attention: fabulous giant buttons, and a quilted look placket, collar, cuffs and hem.
When I worked on this reconstruction I was on a jackets and sweaters kick. So, I decided to turn this into a cropped jacket, using the placket as the button down front.
First, I cut across the dress, directly below the placket.
The sleeves were big. So I removed the cuffs, hoping to take the sleeve seams in a bit.
I took the new jacket in an inch and a half on each side, from the bottom up through the sleeve seam.
The hemline was too interesting to leave behind, so I cut that away from the bottom of the dress.
Once I took in the side seams of the decorative hem, I sewed it to the bottom of my new jacket.
I folded the edge of the decorative hem in and finished the edge, sewing along the same line as the decorative stitching on the placket.
I found a fabric in my stash with a purple floral pattern, and created little scrap flowers and one bigger scrap flower to attach to a belt.
For the belt, I cut out a rectangular strip from the remaining portion of the dress, sewed it into a tube shape and pressed it flat. I then added a little snap at each end to close the belt, and attached the bigger scrap flower.
As you can see in the picture above, I also added two little snaps to the inside of the jacket at the bottom to keep it closed.
So here it is: my new purple cropped jacket.
It was freezing outside today. So, I just took the pictures as quickly as possible.
This little cropped jacket can be worn with or without the little belt (it looks best on me without it), buttoned or unbuttoned.
It will work best in the spring, when I don’t have to wear long sleeves underneath it (I was pretty well frozen by the time I finished taking these pictures out in the cold this afternoon). 🙂
The jacket would look much better with a little dress or a skirt, but I was too wimpy today to wear anything like that (Can you blame me? It was in the teens after all).
Please forgive my hair (And my face…. man, I must not have been feeling the pictures today. Haha). I’m finally getting a haircut later this week. Yay! It’s been at least five months. 😮