Transformation Tuesday: What to do with old bridesmaid dresses?

Here’s a photo of me in my bridesmaid dress from my cousin’s wedding in 2011.  She was married over six years ago and I’ve carted this dress from Minnesota to Illinois to Georgia to Utah on all of our cross country moves and I have yet to wear it again.  So how long do you keep those dresses?  And what do you do with them when you are done?  I decided I’d try to refashion it.


I’m fairly certain this post could very easily be in flop friday because I’m not loving the outcome of this experiment.

I ripped apart the dress and laid this pencil skirt pattern on it and went for it.


My first fitting of the skirt revealed revelations that no woman enjoys.  Although, I made size 14, which generally fits me, in Simplicity patterns, my lower butt cheeks were not fitting in this skirt.  I really didn’t think I could let the skirt out enough to accommodate them so I thought I’d go rogue from the pattern and see if I could creatively solve the lower cheek situation.  Here is the result . . .

I think the quote from my 10 year old son sums up this experiment, “Why does it look like it’s coming out of your butt?”  Sigh . . .  out of the mouths of babes.  Yes, I look like I’m pooing that pretty fabric.  There’s simply nothing fashion forward or sexy about that.  I’ve contemplated trying to rework things again but at the end of the day I think I’m ready to concede defeat and spend my time on more likely victories.  Onward my friends!

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