Upcycled Emerald Maxi Dress for The Sew Weekly Reunion ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Upcycled Emerald Maxi Dress for The Sew Weekly Reunion

*Update* Here is the tutorial on how to make your own!

I was reading Cation Designs a bit more than a month ago when she mentioned The Sew Weekly Reunion.  Seeing as how I didn't know how to sew the first time The Sew Weekly was up and running, I wasn't sure if I would want to crash the reunion.

After a moment to ponder, I decided that I should, and here's my submission to the reunion!

The challenge theme was to utilize the Pantone Fashion Colors of Fall 2013.

Pantone Fall 2013 Colors

As soon as I heard what they were, I was at a loss because it meant that I had to sort through my stash to find a color that would suit the challenge.  Luckily, I was about to finish cataloging my entire fabric stash!

I used this lovely fabric with an emerald, wavy stripe for the skirt.


As for the shirt, I had something that I had been kicking around for a while.  For some reason, my laundry machine has been chewing up my camisole straps lately.  No matter what I do (tie the straps in a knot, lighten the laundry load, etc.) they keep getting twisted up.  Besides the chewed up strap, I wasn't a fan of these anyways.  They were too tight around the bottom after I washed them once, and my bra straps always showed.  However, it was the perfect color to match!

-Collage (Teal Maxi) 1

Here is a close-up view of my new pieced-together straps!  Not perfect, but pretty good.  :)  I'll have a tutorial coming up.  :)


A back view of the straps, which I adjusted to cover my bra straps!  It was like a practice for the upcoming Refashioning Challenge.  :)


And with an elastic belt in place.  It's just so comfortable, and I love that it is upcycled from a tank that would have been thrown out!


Before I leave you, here are just the facts, ma'am.  :)

The Facts

Destroyed camisole from Forever 21
1 yard of white crepe with wavy teal stripe


Pantone Challenge colors:

Top: Self-drafted
Skirt: Simplicity 3503


Time to complete:
4 - 6 hours

First worn:

Wear again? 
Absolutely!  It will be a favorite!

Total Cost: 
$1 or $2.80 if you include the cost of the destroyed camisole


It was so fun to participate in a challenge, especially as a new sewist.  This will definitely be a new technique that I utilize for a couple more of my sad tanks.  :)

I can't wait to see everyone else's garments!


  1. So cute! I wish I had your talent. ;)

  2. Wow what a cute dress. I love everything about it! Did you get your package I sent you Diane?
    -Brittany Ruth

  3. This is a great idea. I have a few camisoles around that would be great for a remake like this.

    Thanks for sharing on the Meet and Greet Blog hop.


  4. Thanks! It's my productive way of procrastinating. :)

  5. Not yet, hopefully soon!

    Thanks for the dress compliment!

  6. I absolutely love the color! Gorgeous! Stopping by from the inspiration hop! Have a wonderful day!

  7. Me too! I can't get enough of it. :)

  8. Hi there! Stopping by from The Project Stash. Your dress turned out great! I'm pinning now.

  9. Love the color and that is really fun material that you already had in your stash.

  10. Thanks! Hopefully you make your own with my tutorial!

  11. I'm just glad that I could find a top that matched so perfectly! It was kismet!

  12. Very cute! I actually just made a maxi dress with a tank top too! Thanks so much for sharing on Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings! - Kristen

  13. Thanks! I love making and wearing easy dresses like this. :)

  14. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution, www.thejennyevolution.com

  15. Pretty! It looks so comfortable. I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-29.html

  16. It turned out great ... Love the addition of the belt.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  17. Thanks! It is super comfortable, and I just linked up. :) Thanks for the invite!

  18. I know you are the upcycling queen, so I thought you might like this one. ;)

  19. Yep, and you know I have belts like crazy! http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/2013/08/diy-belt-organization-on-budget.html

  20. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/09/your-whims-wednesday-129-and-features.html

  21. Thanks
    for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party, you have been chosen
    as one of the top 5 featured posts at tomorrows party.

    Have a lovely evening!

    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.



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