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Shrunken Tank Dress Turned Tee

Does anyone remember that time I did the 30 for 30? One of the things I included was this dress from my favourite store Witchery.

Unfortunately (And this has never happened to me with Witchery clothing before), it just got shorter and shorter with every wash. Till it wasn’t even covering my backside anymore, and was pretty much a tunic top. A really weird tunic top.

So I finally convinced myself to change it up a bit! I cut it to a little longer than crop top length (necessitated by fabric constraints) , and used the bottom of the top to make sleeves. I really love how cute it turned out!! I just wish i’d done this earlier in the summer so i could have worn it more!

Top: Witchery, altered by me
Skirt: Megan Nielsen, Sweeping Plains SS2011 skirt sample 
Shoes: BCBG
Locket: Vintage family heirloom 

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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12 years ago

Wow, that does really suprise me that happened with something from Witchery, but you did an excellent job with the alteration …
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Elegantly Academic

12 years ago

I’ve had that problem with a wool jumper in my closet, it used to be kind of frumpy but it has worked it’s way up to ‘flattering’ and is now bordering on revealing. I didn’t realize what was happening at first and then I finally looked at the tag and saw the ‘100% wool’ part.
Love the alterations you made to this top. The little sleeves are adorable.

12 years ago

Oh that is cute! I was could refashion my pieces like that!