Sunday, May 27, 2012

DIY: Maternity to Fishtail Dress Refashion

I originally made this sack dress to accommodate my pregnant belly last summer.  Airy and lightweight,  it kept the super-heated me relatively cool.  Fast forward to hot and humid today (95 degrees in May - gah!).  Now is the perfect time to re-wear this frock with a quick refashioning of the hem from maxi to fishtail.

To do this, I simply folded the dress in half (front center on one side and back center on other), cut out the "S" shape, and then hand-sewed the hem.

DIY Maternity Dress to Fishtail Dress

Speaking of maternity, I got to meet the lovely and glowing Sydney from PetiteLittleGirl (now transitioning to Sydney's Fashion Diary) last week.  I've never had the pleasure of meeting another blogger before so this was absolutely delightful.  My toddler son, in particular, had fun and kept talking afterwards about the "pretty girl at lunch" for the rest of the day.  What a little flirt!  :) 

Would you re-wear your maternity garb?

On a personal note, Hubby and I celebrate 6 years of marriage today!  Adding our years of dating, that means we've been together for 11 years now  <3 <3  If we had known 6 years ago that we'd be relaxing on the couch with our 2 children in a toy-strewn house, I think our happy day would have been even happier :)


  1. You did a great job transforming the dress into a fishtail style...hi-lo hem and paisley perfect for this summer! And congrats on your anniversary! You got a beautiful family! Your son is so cute, flirting with Sydney, haha!

  2. Seems like a very simple way of altering old items to fit current trends. Love it! Happy anniversary to you & the hubby!! Olyvia is right - you have a beautiful family. <3

  3. Your new dress looks really great. Good job on altering!

    Congrats on your anniversary!!! You have such a great family.

  4. Aww, congrats on 6 years and more to come!!

  5. Happy Anniversary! You just transformed one trend into another :-)

  6. I loved what you did with the dress!! Happy anniversary!!!

  7. awww you look so pretty in your wedding picture!!! happy anniversary and congrats on the 6th year!

  8. Congrats on your anniversary!!!
    Awesome DIY, it's really amazing how you transform it :)
    Loved your "Matchy-Matchy: Mommy and Me DIYs" post! I also have two little kids! I wish I have your talent to make so beautiful clothes for them :)
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  9. Happy anniversary to you and your husband! I love how you redid this dress! oh how i wish i had your sewing talents!

    A Petite Treat

  10. Wow.. Not only did you completely transform the dress, you even made it to a piece that is hot this season! The hi-low dress. I'd be so thrilled if I could even just sew a hanky.

    I would totally re-wear my maternity clothes if only I had sewing skills. There would be a lot of trimming as I nearly gained 47lbs that time!

  11. What a brilliant idea! I just wish I have your skills though. I've actually been asking around town and finally found a sewing school. That's my next project - to learn to do simple things like hemming and fixing a button. It'll be a while before I can do what you just did. Utterly brilliant idea.

  12. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your family last week. Thank you for letting me try on your gorgeous Hermes bracelet =) It's on my wishlist now! That boy of yours is beyond adorable <3 I love his hair style. Hopefully, we'll get to meet again before you move away. Love how you transformed the dress. I wish I have half of your talent.

  13. happy happy 6th anniversary to you and your husband! i wish you two many many more happy years together! :D

    p.s. i think it's cool if you can re-wear maternity clothes, especially if it's as pretty as your dress!

    <3, Mimi
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  14. Happy anniversary to you and your hubby! You look beautiful in your wedding photo!

  15. LOVE how you made that dress into such a trendy piece - it looks so pretty! And Happy Anniversary :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  16. Yay! Congrats on 11 years and counting! Cheers to many more with your adorable family :)

    Love how you chose a light and airy dress to transform into a high-low one. It's perfect for all the hot, summery days.

  17. So cute! I love how you re-worked this dress. What a fabulous idea!


  18. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. You look beautiful in your wedding photo. I love how you transform the maternity dress into a trendy dress. I wish have half of your skill or live closer so I can take sewing lesson from you.

  19. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! I cannot believe you've been married for 6 years! Your wedding dress was gorgeous, and beautiful job on restyling the maternity dress. I cannot sew nor cook to save my life...

  20. Congrats on your anniversary. And once again, you wow me with your sewing prowess.

  21. Congratulations on your anniversary! On the other note, I love the diy dress you made, I might try it for myself!


  22. hey, you!
    congrats on your anniversary! you look gorgeous on your wedding day. :)

    what a great way to turn a maternity dress into something that is trendy and wearable. i love all the various names for this dress... mullet, fishtail... asymmetrical... i have to use the fishtail title on my future post. :) you did an amazing job. looks fabulous, s. :)

  23. Wow, wow great job! And Happy anniversary! Your wedding picture is gorgeous! We've been married the same length of time! :)

  24. What a cool re-fashioning of a maternity dress! I have several pieces that I bought as maternity wear and still wear b/c they're "normal" pieces. Also, keeps everyone guessing. Pregnant? Not pregnant? Hehe. How cute is your little guy keep talking about pretty lady!!! Such a flirt! And congrats on 6 years married! You guys looked so cute at the reception! Did you make your own dress??

  25. Congratulations & happy anniversary! Great upcycle! Most of my friends have told me they are so sick of their maternity wear by the time they give birth but you could even buy a great dress at Salvation Army and do something similar (my BF's niece does that type of thing all the time, I'm pretty sure the two of you would get along fabulously).

  26. Congratulations on 6 years of marriage! Time flies by so quickly doesn't it. I never thought kids could bring so much joy.


  27. Hi, what kind of stick do you use for hemming? :)

    1. Hello! I hand-stitched a blind hem - here's a good how-to: Hope this helps!



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