Thursday, February 27, 2014

Final Feb is Red Month project - A Little Red Dress Refashion

It's the 2nd last day of February and I managed to squeeze another red garment to finish off the 'Feb is Red Month'. After all the hardwork on the muslins and nothing to show for it, I was ready to have a project that I can actually wear. And I chose knit - because knits have rarely failed me. I was almost always able to salvage a knit garment even if it didn't fit properly at first.

This is a RTW red ponte knit dress I bought with a gift card. Someone gave me a store gift card for X'mas and I didn't know what to do with it. So I went to the Clearance rack and found a few things. This XL dress was huge on me but it's a Red Ponte knit!! My favourite colour and my favourite kind of knit!! And it only cost $4.97! Don't worry I haven't changed my consumption habit. I'm still Thrift Store girl at heart. This is a rare occasion because of the gift card.

Anyway, I used the knit dress in Butterick 5146 as a base, added cap sleeves and changed the neckline slit. It has a slight a-line which suits me well. I thought the neckline looked a bit bare, so I rummaged through my notions stash and found a faux leather strap and buckle set. I thought it might jazz up the dress a little. So this is how it turned out:

 (oh I forgot to clip the thread ends...busted....)

But wait! That's not all. If I want to wear some elaborate jewelry with this dress, I can wear the dress backwards like this:

I'm really happy with this dress - it's red, it's knit, it's travel friendly, it's versatile for work and play.  I can even layer it with long sleeves tees and leggings for the Fall. It's definitely my favourite Little Red Dress thus far!


  1. So, did you pick apart the seams to have pieces of fabric, then cut a pattern out of the fabric? I love the after-it fits so well and the buckle accent is perfect!

    1. Thanks for your comment Tami! I didn't take the dress apart. I just laid the dress down flat on the floor, making sure the all the seams are flat and straight. Then I just measured and marked down the centre line, laid my sewing pattern on it and marked it out with tailor's chalk before I cut the fabric. That's it! I have been lucky so far with sewing with knit because I somehow was always able to salvage a knit project even if it didn't fit well as first.