Monday, August 19, 2013

Fashion Refashion: Busted Zipper to Lace-Up Dress

My lovely next door neighbor Kait came to me recently with a common, yet frustrating, problem. The zipper on one of her favorite summer dresses was broken and needed fixing. She gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted to her dress- just make it wearable again! So for the next installment of Fashion Refashion I am going to show how I took Kait's busted zipper dress and turned it into a cute lace-up dress.

Look at this sad, broken zipper.

Don't get too attached to it. That sucker needed to come out. I grabbed my handy seam ripper and started pulling out the stitches.

It was a long zipper so it took awhile. But, finally, it was out!

Using my white fabric chalk, I made marks an inch apart on both sides of the open seam.

All the way up.

The top of the dress was coming apart a bit so I reinforced it with two lines of stitches.

Then I made a small buttonhole at each of my white marks.

And used my seam ripper again to cut each buttonhole open.

I had some cream colored ribbon that I thought would look pretty with Kait's dress. I fed it through the buttonholes to lace it up.

And that was it! An easy peasy modification to make this summer dress wearable again.


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