Refashioning: A 90’s School Teacher Refashion Project

By Guest Author: Marisa Glied

I saw this 1990’s school teacher’s special at my local Salvation Army and immediately felt sorry for it…I’m sorry you were once the highlight of someone’s wardrobe because you are SO unflattering it’s not even funny! It said “please, make me pretty again”!

Of course, these shoulder pads needed to go!


And the silly side ties too!

The casualties…

I took off the pockets and saved them. You never know when you are going to need an already made pocket!

Oh and I was not happy with that flower trim! It doesn’t make any sense!

Ahh that’s better!

After all that work removing the flower trim on the sleeves, I decided not to save the sleeves after all. So away they went!

Bye Bye sleeves!

I pinned the collar under and made a v-neck.

I cut the dress in 1/2 so I could make the bottom into a skirt and attach the top later to finalize my dress. I used 1 inch elastic and made a casing with the top of my skirt and painstakingly fed the elastic through (not one of my favorite tasks).

I wanted to mimic the large waistband in the hem so I made an almost 2 inch hemline.

Oh hey! Haven’t I seen you somewhere? Oh yes, I removed you in the beginning! I sewed on the pockets I saved to the skirt portion of my dress!

I sewed the skirt I made with the top portion of the dress being very careful to keep both sets of buttons in line.


I was so happy with how this dress turned out I wore it to my Aunt’s surprise 60th Birthday party!!!  Pockets! 🙂


Interested in more great Refashions by Marisa? Stay tuned to Blue Water Healthy Living, and be sure to, “like” us on Facebook. Also check out Marisa on her blog TheRefashStash.


About the author

Marisa Glied

My name is Marisa, phonetically that’s Marie-sa and I am the writer of TheRefashStash. I started TheRefashStash 2 years ago when I seriously got into sewing as a hobby. You could say I have been refashioning before I even knew what refashioning was! I started by paining my own custom t-shirts, taking in clothes and then making my own prom dress! What is refashioning, you may ask? To me refashioning is taking an article of clothing and making it something new! This could be as simple as changing buttons on a shirt or making a suit jacket into a fabulous new purse! Refashioning is all about being creative! TheRefashStash is also a contributor on the community refashion blog: Refashion Co-Op. I have also participated in the friendly online sewing competitions: Refashion Runway Season 3, and came in 3rd place in Refashion Runway Season 4: Allstars.

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