Refashion Tutorials

This is my first tutorial so I am not sure it’s going to be great but I hope it is helpful. This is probably not a great item to do a tutorial on but I wanted to get the feel for doing tutorials and this is super easy! I didn’t take pictures of every step but it’s very basic stuff so if you need anything cleared up feel free to contact me and I will try to explain it better. Oh and I’m not implying that any of the stuff is done correctly, it is just the way I did it and it worked for me, if you can suggest a better way let me know I would love to hear it! Thanks for checking out the tutorial, hopefully there will be more to come!


  • The basics (Sewing machine, thread, tape measure, pins, etc.)
  • Vintage Dress

Step One

The first thing you need to do is turn the dress inside out and remove the bodice with a seam ripper.

Step Two

The next thing you are going to want to do is put the shirt part on inside out and pin where you want to take it in. I have a dress form so what I did was pinned it inside out to my dress form and then took a fabric pencil and drew lines where the pins were. I then took the pins out and took it off and pinned it again when it was off the dress form.

Step Three

After I was finished pinning, I serged where my pins were. If you don’t have a serger you can just finish the seams with whatever method is comfortable to you. Make sure you press all your seams.

Step Four

(With this step please keep in mind that this is my first tutorial and I have no idea what I am trying to say…lol) Okay so I measured around my waist where I wanted the skirt to sit and then I measured the inside of the skirt (the waistline) and I need to take off about 9 inches. I divided that number by 3 because I wanted it to be taken in equally on each of the 3 seams. So I measured three inches from each seam all the way down to the bottom of the skirt, except on the back seam of the skirt because I wanted that to be longer. I then serged it. You can finish the seams however you would like if you don’t have a serger available.  Don’t forget to press all your seams.

Step Five

So the next step is to reattach the bodice to the skirt. I took about 2″ off the bottom of the shirt because I wanted to bring up the waistline. So then you turn the skirt and the shirt inside out and tuck the shirt inside of the skirt so that it is inside out when it’s in the skirt (does that even make sense? Hopefully it does). Pin all the pieces in place and I serged the seam. Again, finish the seams however you would like. Remember to press your seams.

Step Six

I chose not to hem it up any because I was comfortable with the length, but you could always hem it up if you wanted to. Whatever floats your boat.

**Now after your done with all this, put on your new fitted vintage dress and dance around. If you like to be an outcast like me, you’re going to want to make a pair of yellow leggings or wear it with a red purse. 😉

I really hope this tutorial was helpful in some way to someone, let me know what you think!!


4 Responses to “Refashion Tutorials”

  1. shelli b March 6, 2010 at 12:36 am #

    Can it really be that easy? I think you have yourself a convert. Nice job.

  2. Vikki September 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    I’d like to see a picture of the finished dress, and with the yellow leggings!

    • Tascha Kowalski September 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

      You can view the finished dress here: Sweet Blue (It’s not a very good picture…lol. And I’m not sure why I didn’t add it to the tutorial…I’m a little scatter brained from time to time…lol)

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