Hot! The “Peace, Love & ReFashion” Dress

Butterick B5555

Fabric: Indian Batik Red Tie- Dye Cotton, Brown Jersey

Pattern: Butterick B5555

Year: 2010

Notions: Thread, Grosgrain Ribbon & Elastic Thread

Time to Complete: Original 4.5 Hours, ReFashioned 4 Hours

First worn: July 2011, ReFashioned for Shoot

Wear again? Yes, definitely.

Total Price: Cotton $8, Elastic Thread $1, rest from Stash

Smocked Inside View

My first thought for the “ReFashion” challenge was to go back and fix my “Red Hot Cha Cha Valentines” Dress and I did! Pictures are at the bottom. However another Red dress was on my mind, loved the fabric but it look like a big sack of potatoes on me, even worse with the tie. So I inserted a 6″ waistband in brown jersey, smocked it with elastic thread and added a leather piece to weave the tie through to make a more substantial belt.

The “Peace, Love & ReFashion” Dress Standing

The “Peace, Love & ReFashion” Smocked Details

The “Peace, Love & ReFashion” Dress Front

Now for the “Red Hot Cha Cha Valentines” Dress. I chopped the red bottom off, took a thrifted Merrimekko Mini skirt, added a cotton brown band to the bottom and inserted a side zipper because the “No Zipper Mena Rule” did not work with my assets, although I tried! I wrapped the tie around to the front to cover the side zipper.

ReFashion “Red Hot Cha Cha Valentines” Dress Front

ReFashion “Red Hot Cha Cha Valentines” Dress Side

ReFashion “Red Hot Cha Cha Valentines” Dress Back




Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. The dress is very becoming on you and I love that skirt. Adding the brown panel to lengthen it really looks nice. Your photos look very professional this week and set of your outfits nicely. Well done!

    • Thank you, Barbara. I think the black background really made the colors pop on both outfits. It was way to windy here’s Saturday to shoot outside.

  2. That does look better. I love the Marimekko print – aren’t those Fins amazing?

  3. Hi Trish, thank you and yes I think those Fins are amazing. I love their palettes and bold prints.

  4. Lovely rich colours and I particularly like the new skirt print on your Red Hot Cha Cha dress. It really gives it a whole different feel.

  5. I love the new skirt bit too!

  6. Yes, it’s definately more my style. I love bright and bold color palettes and the shape on the bottom feels more comfortable to wear to work. The top of the dress took the longest to sew, so I was pretty happy to salvage it.

  7. Oh, red is so your colour! These are both fabulous, but I have to say, I’m really loving the Valentines dress. The completely random, fantastic mix of colours. The Merrimekko skirt (drool). And just the way it looks on you – brilliant.

  8. Great work on TWO refashions. The new skirt on the V-day dress is my favorite…what a great find.

  9. Thanks Najah, yes I plan I wearing these dresses often. I’m so happy I could salvage the top of the dress.

  10. Wowzers! I LOVE both of these! The smocking and belt are ingenious, and the new Merrimekko bottom is just awesome. Some day, some how, I will find cast-aside Merrimekko.

    • Thank you Lavender. Yes the smocking was a lot of fun, I’m thing there will be a sun dress in the near future with this method. The Merrimekko, I couldn’t believe my luck but it was a pretty short mini, so I think that was the rEason it wasn’t snatched up.