Go To Shift Dress, an Upcycle

Going To The Closet

Earlier this spring I cleaned out my closet.  I had several soft rayon type dresses that I had worn forever and was sick of.  The fabric was soft and easily machine washed and well,  it was difficult to just part with such great fabric.  So off to the sewing room they went.  When looking for something to make I wanted a simple design to balance the fabric, I went into the files, looked for a favorite of ours Go To Patterns, and chose the Shift dress. (affiliate link-we’re supporting a pattern habit over here 😉 )  I felt these soft rayons would work perfectly.  And since I was making it for Ms M, I know that machine wash is the word  of the day!


Border Prints

This dress had a large border print.  Because I was remaking it for a child, I decided to lay the hem of the pattern against the hem of the dress.  Also saving a step, since I would not need to re-hem.  The flowers occupy most of the dress, but I don’t think it is overpowering.  There is enough empty space at the top to draw the eye down.  I made my own bias from the leftovers and that worked quite well at the neck and the keyhole.  Because this is a  lightweight rayon, I did use pre-packaged bias tape at the armhole.  I think it gives more stability to that area.  I even used part of the belt of the dress as the button loop!

Go To Shift Dress

Finished Product

Overall I think this went quite well.  I was not sure what to expect and sometimes when I see things in my mind’s eye, it does not look quite as good to my real eyes.  This dress pattern is easy to follow and sews up for a quick summer outfit.  The neck features a cute gather to the front and a keyhole closure in back. They’re still having cool mornings (days) up in Minnesota, no worries this works under a sweater.

Go To Shift Dress

The next dress I have is a black with a white dot.  We will see what I decide to do with that.  Do you refashion clothing that you are tired of wearing?

Go To Shift DressHappy Sewing,



{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Amy Mayen May 7, 2013, 5:44 pm

    I love the big floral border! Looks so cute peeking out from under the jacket too 🙂 great job mom!

  • Heather Feather May 7, 2013, 8:48 pm

    What a cute dress! I love that you made it from one of yours! It looks great!
    Thanksf for linking up!

  • Jennifer Lachman May 7, 2013, 9:05 pm

    She looks adorable. What a perfect outfit for this time of year.

  • Ajaire May 8, 2013, 7:23 am

    I do the same thing. For some reason I have hoarded clothes that will never fit me again (nor should most of them – ugh the styles!) so I have an entire closet of fabric to play with. I love the go to shift and need to make another soon. This one is adorable under that cardi!

  • domestic bliss squared May 8, 2013, 10:53 am

    Cute! And you could totally make an adorable top for yourself with the rest of it. Good eye!

  • Di @ Life is Di-licious May 9, 2013, 12:39 am

    What a fantastic idea! I have a couple of lovely summer dresses that are happily too big for me now. Before today I would have donated them to charity but now I see I could upcycle them into something else. Those full skirts really contain a lot of useful fabric! Thank you for the link.

  • Pam May 18, 2013, 5:05 am

    Looks so good with those red shoes!

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