H&M Birddress – Refashion

“Refashion” might be the wrong word, since I didn’t really make the dress look that different.

Don’t have a “before” photo (stupid yes, I was in a hurry…), but I do have the same dress with a different print that I plan on refashioning too:

My problem was this: I loved the swallow print of the dress (yes, I know it’s a Miu Miu knock off and it’s been everywhere for 2 years but I don’t care! :) I love it.), but the waist has shirring, and since I have a short torso, every store-bought garment with a defined waist doesn’t fit me quite right. Especially when they have elastic in the waist, because then the garment’s waist slips to my natural one, resulting in a not-very-flattering “pouf” above my waist that makes me look like a mushroom (see above image).
Plus I just don’t really like the idea of walking around in a garment that everyone else has. I wanted to really like this dress, and so decided to make it more me.


  • … seperated the skirt from the top
  • … sewed darts into the top to make it fit nicer and make it a little more “50ies”
  • … re-attached the skirt higher up on the bodice so that the shirring is at my natural waist
  • … made a flat peter-pan collar and attached it

And this was the result:

Something a little more special, and it didn’t take long at all :)

8 thoughts on “H&M Birddress – Refashion

  1. this looks ‘amazing’ and i have to say that you look like a 1940s actress -in the best way, of course-

  2. Wow, I love your sense of style and how you recreate a garment to be more “you”. I have been sewing a long time, mostly from patterns, but a few dresses I made I just took a look at the fabric and started cutting and piecing until I got what I wanted out of it, LOL! But I have never tried refashioning. You have inspired me to take a look at my own wardrobe and make it new again. Btw, I love your hairstyle; the asymetrical side-parted bob looks very 1940ish but modern at the same time. I look forward to seeing more of your sewing projects and how you accessorize them. You’ve definitely got skillz!

    • Thank you! I’m usually not the “re-styler” either, but sometimes I manage to get myself to do it :) still have a lot of things I want to change lying around… Glad you were inspired!

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