I Made This: Blue Dress with Dancing Business People

I found this skirt at the Goodwill in Savannah.

Blue-Dress-1I’m always apprehensive about buying things at Goodwill because they’re usually in the $4 range, and sometimes require a lot of work (I have a perfect example of this in an upcoming dress.) But the print on this dress was way to fun. But what exactly is it?

blue-dress-2Dancing women and men in 90’s business attire? Whatever it was, I wanted it on my body.

I hate hemming. So I cut this one from the top. I had to remove the zipper and re-sew that seam. From there it was pretty simple.

I folded the top over about an inch and pinned it, prepping it for the elastic.

blue-dress-3The guy on the right next to the seam is my favorite. Anyway, Then I sewed it down, leaving room for elastic to enter. I didn’t want an inch of elastic, but that was all I had, so I cut it in half lengthwise. My biggest fear was it losing the elasticity, but it worked fine. Then I threaded the elastic through my seam.

blue-dress-4Then I sewed the elastic in tight. At the end, I grabbed a black ribbon (about two inches thick) that I’ve had for years. I wrapped it around creating a high waistline. The ribbon moves, so I had to sew it on to the dress, which gives it a more professional feel anyway.

Here’s the result (so much sunburn):


This is a fun one. I’ve already worn it out to do some errands.

blue-dress-6Thanks to my lovely beau, who took time away from watching The Big Lebowski to take pictures of me.

3 thoughts on “I Made This: Blue Dress with Dancing Business People

  1. Super cute! I need your expert sewing advice on a great skirt I just got, black with multi-colored bicycles printed all over it! Super cute but about two sizes too big.

    1. Holly, if you got that skirt that I’ve been eying for months from Talbots, I will be super jealous. They have a navy one that has white bicycles on it. I waited for it to go on clearance, but couldn’t buy it before they ran out of my size.

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