DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top #restylingexchange2018

June 22, 2018

A few weeks back I signed up to take part in #restylingexchange being run by AmyNicoleStudio and Pilar Bear:-

“Our hopes for this year’s restyling exchange is to get even more participants, raise awareness for refashioning and being sustainable in our sewing practice”

My immediate thoughts were what fun to take part in a global refashioning event – to post a garment from my wardrobe to be refashioned, and to receive in the post a garment to refashion.

I posted this maxi dree bought in a charity shop a year ago and only worn on holiday. Much as I like it, to have a garment only worn for a week a year seems unnecessary.

I am delighted with the top I refashioned top I received back from Helen Ridley.

She even included some extras.

I received the most beautiful dress from Eve of thecreativecurator. My daughter immediately fell in love with the dress and protested against said dress being refashioned – but if a garment is not worn for whatever reason then why not refashion?

DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top. Learn how to create your pattern and transform your dress into a stylish top - a fun refashion.

Initially, I felt I had hit the jackpot in terms of quantity of fabric with a fun vibrant print – feeling it should be easy to meet the brief:-

“Whacky, loose fit, slightly masculine silhouette but feminine in cut / colour ”

But as I unpicked the seams I soon realised that the dress was made up of relatively small pieces – persuing @thecreativecurator’s Instagram account I spotted her top nine makes for the coming year. I briefly toyed with changing the dress to a style similar to the Karri dress. But I just wasn’t sure my dressmaking skills were up to it. Plus I wanted to stick to the brief, you can supplement with items from your stash but you are not to buy anything new. For me this included patterns.

So I decided to go for a kamino top.


DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top. Learn how to create your pattern and transform your dress into a stylish top - a fun refashion.

Starting with an old top as a basis to make a paper pattern.

The front of the top warranted the largest piece of the original dress, coordinated with black fabric and a lime piece from my stash.


These were sewn together, seams finished with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.

Onto the back, with smaller pieces to work with, I chose to go for a triangular piece centrally.

Sewing one side of the triangle to start with I then cut away the excess black fabric.

Placing the second piece of black fabric along the raw edge I create the rest of the back piece, cutting to size once stitched.

Then I placed the front and back pieces together.


Lastly, I added the lime edge of the cuff, prior to sewing the top together – shoulder/sleeve and side/sleeve seams.

The neckline and hem I edged with bias binding – to gain an even neckline I used a bowl as a gauge.

Having been through various emotions with this refashion I love the finished result.

DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top. Learn how to create your pattern and transform your dress into a stylish top - a fun refashion.

DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top. Learn how to create your pattern and transform your dress into a stylish top - a fun refashion.

I just hope the sizing works well for Eve, I suspect I should have made it slightly bigger…. I have to confess I would be very happy to keep this top for myself.

14 comments so far.

14 responses to “DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top #restylingexchange2018”

  1. Neisa says:

    It looks very nice. I loke it.

  2. Lucy says:

    Such a great challenge. i am thinking of some things in my closet I need to restructure…Love the way both projects turned out. and that green was perfect, is it left over from the purse you made?

    • Vicky says:

      Hi Lucy, ah I can’t remember where the lime/green piece of fabric came from!!

      • Lucy says:

        I am so glad you posted about the #restylingexchange! I have to admit, I never wanted to be on instagram. but I quickly realized that was the only way I was going to be able to see all of the fun projects that were created! I now have an Instagram account and it’s all your fault. I am primarily a fabric artist and quilter, but this has made me want to get back to my original skills of sewing garments. And I think I origianlly found you through a blog hop. My world keeps expanding. I am 62 and had to retire early. In the third year of my cancer fight, still here and still sewing up a storm. This happened to fall during the couple weeks after chemo when I am sickest, so it has been a very welcome distraction. I love your fun posts on so many different topics. but this has been my favorite so far. Thanks so much from Clarkston, Michigan. I will keep watching!!

        • Vicky says:

          Hi Lucy, I am so pleased this fell at the right time to be a distraction for you. I hope you find Instagram positive, I know people have mixed feelings about it. One of my friends was telling me she searches Instagram with hashtags for creative inspiration, rather than Pinterest which totally surprised me. Thank you for your kind words re the blog, you made my day. You are in my thoughts, vicky

  3. Julie says:

    It’s lovely. Your daughter is right, that was a fabulous dress as it was but you are also right. if it’s never worn then it’s a waste. The green sleeve trim is what makes it for me. It’s balanced, it’s beautiful.

  4. Karen says:

    Stunning and so very classy, love both of these and the print on the second is to die for!

  5. Anne says:

    Just love the top you created. Thank you for sharing your inspirational work!

  6. Two great refashions, Vicky. Sounds like a fun event.

  7. Great sound! Thank you so much for sharing.

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