V9312 Refashioned Orange + White Stripe Dress

It’s taken a bit longer than usual but I finally got pictures taken of some recent makes! This Refashioned dress is one of my most worn make of the summer. A simple sew using Very Easy Vogue Pattern V9132. I really need more bold prints like this!

I got a wonderful selection of material to work with at goodwill at the beginning of summer. The dress itself is soft and silky and I adore the fun + bold orange and white stripe.  The original dress fit well but I just don’t like the look of a floor length maxi.  I thought about just shortening it and then I got this pattern in the mail and it was Kismet.

This is a great easy to sew pattern.  Nice clean lines with a pretty tie front.  It’s also not super low-cut so much more wearable for me.  I really like the addition of the elastic under the bust/tie front which adds a bit more support and keeps the dress bit more stable in this longer length.

Since I was working with limited material I needed to alter the pattern slightly.  I cut the skirts first being carefully to keep my stripes matching. Next I made my bodices with a seam over the bust in an alternating direction with some very creative cutting. The bodice fronts are lined in a cream knit I had in my remnant stash and seamed one of the ties out of smaller sections.  Before cutting my fabric I had removed all the bindings on the original dress and re-applied them to the back bodice.

Next time I’ll make a few small changes-mainly making a full lining for front and back bodices.  I’d also like to add a built in soft cup bra so I don’t need to worry about straps showing.  I just finished a bikini using  Beverly Johnson’s class on Craftsy  which was so helpful and plan on using some of the same techniques.

All the details:


refashioned dress from Goodwill


I’m starting to learn the best spots to take pictures in our new home.  Because it’s summer the light is so strong it’s always a bit trickier.  Our little garden is really starting to take shape now and is making a lovely backdrop.  Plus my father-in-law gifted us some gorgeous orchids on his last visit which really brighten the place up!

And I’m also showing off the newest addition to our family-meet Suki!  An adorable daschund/chihuahua mix, about 5 yrs old, that we adopted from the Humane Society of Broward County.  Suki is a rescue from Puerto Rico and the sweetest, cuddliest little girl. She’s still recovering from her spaying and some surgery on her neck but she’s a bundle of energy. Back soon with another summer make. Happy Summer!

6 thoughts on “V9312 Refashioned Orange + White Stripe Dress”

  1. Great refashion! I love orange and white in the summer!
    We have a Chi-weenie (chihuahua/dachshund) too. His name is Charlie and he’s a rescue as well. I can see Charlie and Suki have the same general body shape but Charlie is black/tan, more like doberman coloring. He’s so funny and is always making us smile. Thanks for rescuing Suki!

    1. Thanks Debbie! This is definitely my favorite summer look. And we are having such fun with Suki! Rescue dogs are the best!

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