How To Lengthen a Mini Dress by Kristina

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I've been drooling over the mixed print trend that floated down the spring runway, especially since mixing prints opens up all kinds of DIY opportunities -- it's like an invitation to break all the rules. I used an oversize mini dress from Charlotte Russe to create this look. The base color of the floral pattern was navy blue, so I thought a navy polka dot fabric would be an obvious choice, then made sure to incorporate the navy print with a small rectangle pocket flap. DIY win!



*Kristina J.'s tip: The contrasting print you choose should be the same scale as the print of your dress. The proportions of these polka dots are small like the flowers in the dress. Oversize polka dots might not have worked as well with the small floral print.

11 comments :

  1. simple and brilliant! I love the finish touch of the polka dot fabric on the pocket flap! it's like if the polka dots hemming was meant to be there. Nice!

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  2. Cute idea!

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  3. i love this idea, it looks great. pattern mixing is so fun, and it works so well for lengthening this dress.

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  4. Love it! Polka dots...the perfect way to lengthen a dress, and now it's way cuter than before! :)

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  5. Very cute way to add length to any area of a garment! Lovely mix of prints, too. Thanks for the tutorial

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  6. Great post love the tutorial !

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  7. It looks great! I love the different pattern used, makes it such a unique dress!

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  8. One of my favorite DIYs for CL. I love the contrasting colors and the new shape it gives the skirt. I would only say it would be helpful to serge the seam of the chiffon, as that fabric is bound to unravel very quickly.

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  9. I love this idea! I can't tell you how many times I've seen a dress I just love, but it's shorter than what I would wear. Now I can buy it, find some contrasting fabric and pull ou the sewing machine.

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  10. Excellent... I have to take back all the dresses I gave to my daughter because of their length LOL... looks fantastic.

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