Hot! The “I’ve Really Needed a Basic Dress” Dress












The Facts

Fabric: Ponte Knit
Pattern: None
Year: Modern
Notions: Thread
Time to complete: 1hour :D
First worn: February 2012
Wear again?: Yes!
Total price: $2.00

Here’s what I started with. I found this gem at a downtown Salvation Army Store. On Wednesdays they have 50% off women’s clothing. Yes! I found this dress hanging on the rack last month with a $4 price tag on it. With 50% off that meant it was $2.00, score!

I read the label and saw that it was ponte knit. Woohoo! It would be easy to sew with and a great basic piece in my wardrobe. You see, I looooove color and pattern and everything that goes with it. Namely, a lot of clothes that don’t really go together well. Not sure if any of you are in the same boat or not. But when I saw this blank canvas of a dress I knew I had to have it. I took my treasure home, washed it (a must for thrift store finds) and hung it on my “do something to me” refashion clothing rack.

(Pardon the weird dots in the above photo, I still need to clean my camera lens, )

I put this baby on (inside out), stood in front of the mirror, and started pinning. I used the very scientific method of “pinch and pin”. I did utilize a second pair of hands (my daughter’s) throughout part of this process. I wanted a sort of loose/sort of fitted shape. I wanted something I could accessorize with belts and really jazz up. In other words a blank canvas dress.

I left it a little loose. I’ve needed a loose fitting sheath dress forever. The whole thing took about an hour. That includes pinning, measuring, sewing, pressing and trying on. An hour is a really fast sewing time for me. I still think it could be fitted better, but the darn thing is so comfy and easy to wear, I think I’m going to let it be what it is. A super comfy, basic, black sheath, which fills a giant whole in my wardrobe.



Here’s how I wore it for the pictures. My trusty sidekick Jean Jacket, black belt, purple tights, sequined scarf and booties (which you can’t see in this picture). The whole picture taking was quite a hilarious fiasco. I live in Nebraska and if you never been here it’s really windy. Today was no exception. All of these pictures were quickly taken between 30 mile an hour wind gusts. I would furiously straighten my hair and dress and pose. The people driving by must have thought I was crazy. :D




Clarissa Henderson started the Sew Weekly to create more wearable pieces for her wardrobe. She also joined to meet others in the sewing community.


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  1. That’s a super save Clarissa. Every wardrobe must have a comfy dress, and you’ve now got a mega stylish dress too.

  2. Excellent refashion! I also like how you accessorized with the purple scarf and tights. It has so many possibilities that it will be a fun staple for you.

  3. Hey Clarrisa, great reFashion and a great idea to add basics into the wardrobe. I fall in love with patterns but your rights adding basics give you a chance to mix and match. Happy sewing.

  4. I love the idea of a blank canvas for wacky accessories, I think I need one! I have also used the inside-out-and-pin approach and it seems to work well.

  5. Dress it up or dress it down – an exceedingly useful (and attractive) wardrobe staple.

  6. Very cute, and a wardrobe basic! Pinch & pin is totally scientific… I swear by my degree ;)