The problem I most recently needed to solve was what to wear New Year's Eve for a dinner out with my husband. It was December 30th, and I didn't have enough time to make the dress I really wanted to make. So I looked through my closet and found this dress:
I hate this dress. I bought it in a hurry for a formal wedding about 12 years ago and only wore it once. I've tried to sell it, because it is a good quality dress, but I've never had any takers. But it does have some nice dart detail and the fabric is good so it seemed worth saving:
So I decided to see what I could do with it.
One of my Christmas presents was a book called Little Green Dresses, which is all about repurposing clothing from your own wardrobe or from things that you might find in a thrift store. I didn't use any of the patterns/projects from the book, but I did look to it for inspiration. And I decided I would cut a big chunk off the dress and use the extra material to create some sort of ruffle/bottom.
This part was a lot of fun - snip! snip!
I tinkered with the slant of the bottom and decided to do pleats instead of ruffles along the hem.
And, voila! A new dress and all it cost me was some thread and about 3 hours of time!