Hot! My “UFI” Dress

It’s getting cold and I’m starting to feel out of sorts. My only desire is to wear sweats all day long. Sweats and a big hoodie with a thick pair of socks. I just want to cozy up with a blanket and read and forget about the world. Thank God for Sew Weekly and all of you! You got me through January, February, and March so I’m counting on you to get me through October, November, and December.

This is not really a UFO it’s more like a UFI-an Unfinished Idea. I didn’t start the dress and then forget about it. It’s one of those things you set aside to rework. I bought the dress at a rummage sale and then let it sit in a container for a year. This is what the dress looked like before-

It’s a Norma Komali for WalMart faux wrap number. It was an XL so I knew it wouldn’t fit me as is but it was also only $2. I originally bought it as a back up for photo shoots. It was always good to have extra clothes and shoes around in case the client needed it.

It was easy to rework. I removed the sleeves and both front panels then just laid a dress (one of my favorite dresses) over one of the front pieces and cut around it then did the same for the back. I still have one side panel left.

I sewed the front and back together then reattached the sleeves. I made a few minor alterations like take in the back a little at the waist and take some bulk out of the sleeves then I stitched the hem down on the sides and pressed it. I ironed the neckline and left it as is. It curls inward so I didn’t feel the need to finish it. I thought about using the remaining piece to add a ruffle or something at the bottom. It felt a little short¬† which is strange because it’s the same length as the dress I used as a pattern. Maybe it’s the cold. I was careful not to make it tight but it still feels like you’re wearing almost nothing.

This was our first time taking pictures at night. It has been raining all day and I wasn’t looking forward to being out in the cold and wet. As you can see I did not bother to wash my hair or put on any make-up. Just a touch of Photo Shop and I’m good to go. Wish I could fit that into my make-up bag. It was actually pretty nice outside near the lake. Not as cold as I expected it to be.

Thank you for all the encouragement and birthday wishes last week. I do forget sometimes that it’s supposed to be fun.

The Facts:

Pattern: none

Year: This one

Materials: One thrifted dress $2

First Worn and Wear Again: For these pictures. I don’t think I’ll wear it until Spring/Summer ’13. I loved wearing the one I used as a pattern with sandals and big sparkly jewelry.

Total Price: $2




Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.


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  1. The dress, and you, are stunning. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!! What is that nifty sculpture you’re next to in the last photo?

  2. Hope you had a lovely birthday! I feel you about winter – I really struggle with June-Sept in NZ. Sewing does help! Best of luck that making more gorgeous things like this dress keeps you happy and settled.

  3. Great restyling of that dress and unique and interesting poses too. Happy belated birthday!

  4. Great job on the dress Gina. Like Loran said I’d love to hear about that sculpture in the last shot.

  5. I love your minimalist styling this week, Gina, very different for you, and the dress looks cool. I’m also a big fan of your scarf from last week, didn’t get a chance to comment. If we keep sewing through the less than inspiring weather/stressful holiday season, inspiration’s got to burst through now and then, right?

  6. I love that you’re tired, fed up, make-up-less, in the dead of night and you STILL look this good! That dress looks mega comfy and hot.