Reconstructed plaid dress

Some of you may remember this dress from the second-to-last day of Me-Made-May. This is actually the first plaid dress that I can remember owning. Terrible, I know. I’ve had it in my to-be-reconstructed pile for a couple of years now, but I finally got around to reconstructing it in mid-May.


Here’s the before picture. I must’ve taken this photo at the beginning of last summer, and it was obviously not a good day for me. My crazy hair and face really add to the ick factor.

IMG_2381Hot, right? ;-P In case it wasn’t clear just how frumpy it was in its original state…

Believe me, you should be glad that I cropped out my face.

The deets:

I cut the skirt and bodice apart.


Then, I went about cutting the bodice to the size that I wanted. I left the neckline the same, but I re-shaped the side seams. I tried the bodice on, and there was significant gaping in the armholes. There were already darts up the front of the bodice, but I pinned some darts on the sides of the bodice to get the fit right.


I cut out a new skirt. The center back became the center front and the center front became the center back seam once I cut away the placket. I cut the placket off in such a way that I could match the plaid along the center back.


I attached the bodice front to the skirt front and the bodice back to the skirt back.


Then, IΒ  sewed up one side seam, and inserted an invisible zipper on the other side for closure.


I didn’t have enough material to make strips on the bias, but I cut out strips from the placket pieces for finishing the armholes.


The plaid didn’t match on the original dress at the side seams or at the bodice skirt, so there wasn’t much I could do to remedy that problem. I only had so much material to work with, after all. I did, however, match the plaids along the seam in the back.

IMG_7620I was lazy in the footwear department that day, and I just slipped a pair of flip-flops on. I was walking around a lot that day and it was nasty humid. I regret my choice of footwear now, as it doesn’t do my legs any favors, but I’m not about to take a whole new batch of pictures, obviously.

IMG_7635The first day I wore this dress, I stopped at a historic building and accompanying garden area.


There was a sundial in an area that gets absolutely no sun. Huh?


Not sure what this pose is all about…I’d like to say I just lost my balance, but I think I actually did this awkward pose purposely. What?!








IMG_7671Besides the bugs that were eating me alive, it was an enjoyable detour.

  1. Ripple Dandelion

    June 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    What a transformation. Lordy! You are rocking the reconstructed dress. It looks cute with the flip flops. I can’t stand to wear them, but I envy those who find them comfortable. Great job matching the plaid where it was possible.

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Thanks! I love flip flops in the summer. I wear them even on days that require a lot of walking. My feet just get so hot and I like letting them breathe. πŸ™‚

  2. Kathryn

    June 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    What a great re-fashion, it looks great on you! I really need to learn how to see the potential in things more as I’m sure I’d have left that in the charity/thrift shop!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Thank you! I’ve certainly learned to change my attitude when looking at things in the thrift store. There have been several times when I’ve left something behind and regretted it because I thought of the perfect use for it later.

  3. ShanniLoves

    June 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Wow it looks so much cuter!! I’ve got a couple doozies to refashion that I need to get on!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Thanks! It has been a great dress for summer. I can’t wait to see you fix up those doozies! πŸ™‚

  4. Gjeometry

    June 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Very nice fix!! It looks chic and modern now. And not like a farm dress. πŸ™‚ I have not attempted sewing with checks yet. Soon! Stripes are next on the list, for me.

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Haha! Thank you! I guess it did kinda look like a farm dress. πŸ˜€ It’s always fun to branch into new sewing territory. Good luck with the stripes!

  5. Deb

    June 14, 2013 at 3:26 am

    This is so cute now! The before picture not so much, but wow! Loving the after!

    Now what the heck kind of bug is that? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Thanks! Yeah, the before picture…is what it is. Ha! I’m really not sure what that bug is. Honestly, I don’t know what half of the bugs I see around here are. We have just about every bug you can imagine here in Southern Maryland. πŸ˜›

  6. Ashley

    June 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

    It always amazes me when you turn something I would have laughed at in the store into something that looks so cute (and that I would definitely buy in a store)! Fantastic job, yet again!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Thank you! Wow, that’s quite a compliment. πŸ˜€

  7. gingermakes

    June 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Super cute dress! This is WAY better than the original– way to rework it!

  8. Julianne

    June 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    It’s a vast improvement! I’ve also been focusing on improvements– better, not more, which I have shortened in my head to “mo betta”. It doesn’t make sense worded that way (unless it’s actually “mo β‰  betta” and the β‰  is silent). Anyway, but yes!

    The colors are cute too, and you did a very nice job!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thank you! Your comment made me laugh. I’ll have to start using “mo betta”, even if it doesn’t make the most sense. πŸ˜€

  9. Jennifer Lauren

    June 21, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I don’t know why you reconstructed it – it was super flattering before you did anything to it πŸ˜›

    It looks like a totally different dress, you did an amazing job!! I especially like the more fitted skirt.

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Haha! I don’t know what came over me. πŸ˜› Thank you! I’m pretty happy with it.

  10. Sarah

    June 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love this redo! It is so much more flattering and a really pretty little dress!

    1. Becca

      July 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks so much!

  11. Clipped Curves

    July 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

    What a great re-make… it’s fab.

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