Making Stuff: Gunne Sax Dress Refashion

by This is Carrie on July 18, 2013

I found this homemade “Gunne Sax” dress at Decades Vintage Clothing store in Salt Lake City during my Sewing Summit trip last fall. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for that era of Jessica McClintock design so I snatched it right up.  Turns out this dress was made for a woman who was 6′ tall with a 26″ waist with a love for HUGE ruffles around their neck.

I was a little sad this refashion wouldn’t be for me, but with those waist measurements, there was just no way. Instead, Princess got a new dress.

Steps (sorry no before photo–I just started hacking):

-Chopped 2″ off the neck ruffle and sewed the lace back on the edge.

-Took 8″ of fullness out of the ruffle at the shoulder seams.

-Put in new elastic around the neck to replace the aged elastic that was losing it’s stretch.

-Removed the ruffle around the hem, chopped off about 1 yard of length, then added the ruffle back on.


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miya July 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Very cute dress! I love the color and the ruffle on her back.

Miya from


Delilas July 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I wore Gunne Saks and my prom dress was one in off white. I am showing my age. You did a great refashion on that dress.


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