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Velour Housedress Refash

The house-dress of all house-dresses! Velour, long, comfy, all the things right?!
It is a fantastic thrift store find, but I'm not quite ready to be catapulted into my 80's lounging in a velour housedress....well maybe I am. BUT NOT TODAY!

This pretty royal house-dress is getting a great big snip right at the bottom!

I made a pattern that was 14"x 18". 
Then I rounded the corners to create the shape I wanted.

I picked off that ruffle collar, and picked out the zipper.

I had this really cool boat fabric I picked up last summer at an estate sale.
I'm turning the bottom of this house-dress into a soft and fuzzy backpack!

 cut out: 2 Velour, 2 Lining, 2 Interfacing

Interfacing ironed to the wrong side of the lining.

Bottom pieces. Velour, lining, and interfacing

My wonderful Aunt Esther gave me some suede a while back, and I thought now is as perfect a time as any to use it!
I cut 2 strips 22 inches long, and tapered at the bottom.

I also bought parachute clips and cut small pieces to fit through those.

Like this:

I sewed the lining pieces together.

Then I sewed the velour pieces together, and started to figure out how to join them by the zipper.

I pinned the zipper I picked out from the house-dress and pinned it to both of the front and lining pieces of fabric.

I topstiched it also so the zipper would lay more flat.

I tucked the lining in, and sewed the straps on.
I made a little front pocket piece too.


I really like the way it turned out, and my daughter loves to use it for sleepovers!

See you next time!


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