Making Stuff: Concert Dress {Women’s Vintage Dress Refashion}

by This is Carrie on July 6, 2012

Seeing Princess get so excited to see the Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Hall, it was hard for me to say no when she asked if I would make her something new to wear especially since it’s one of the few days the kids are allowed to break out of their usual red and navy school uniform to “dress up” for the occasion.

Luckily, when she and I say “new”, we both mean “making something new out of something old”.  After digging through my (too) large pile of thrift stores finds, she picked out this great vintage women’s dress I scored at our local thrift shop for only $4 with the hopes I could “make it smaller.”  And that’s exactly what I was doing at 10pm the night before the concert.

I finished it just in time for the concert which from what I was told, was “totally awesome” because “Aaron Copland rocks.”

Basic Steps

– Take in side seams

-Reshape armholes

-Shorten hem.

Luckily that gorgeous roll collar fit (loose but) fine and I didn’t have to touch it!


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Diamond July 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

That dress is amazing! I never would have seen the potential as a grown up dress, but it is fabulous on your daughter.


sara July 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Sheesh! She looks so grown up!


Leslie July 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

The dress and the young lady are absolutely beautiful. The picture caught my eye and I decided to read on to find the pattern. Oh my goodness. You did an awesome job designing this. Very inspiring!! Thanks so much for sharing.


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