+ Purple Muumuu Magic

My mom gave this to me claiming that she never wore it…well mom, I found some tums in the pocket, that makes you a muumuu wearing mama. Thanks for giving it up, it is a beaut!

sewing machine or needle and thread
flexible measuring tape
fabric pen or marking chalk
1. Chop the top from the bottom, leaving enough room for hemming and elastic.
2. Pin or mark it inside out either on yourself or by using a shirt. 
3. Sew and cut it to size, Also cut the sleeves to the size you would like! Try on and make corrections if needed
4. Hem the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt by folding up toward the inside of the shirt as you go (pin or iron first if you like). And DONE with the top!
5. To sew the skirt you must cut it to the size you would like plus the amount for the elastic.
6. Then cut elastic to your waist size, and divide the elastic into 4 sections with pins or a fabric marker. This is so you can place the elastic to the right spots of the gathered part of skirt’s waist, i.e. it is supposed to help you know how much to gather around the waist. For example, I put one end of the elastic on the right seam or side of the skirt and knew the the first marking (or quarter of the elastic) was meant to hit the center front of the skirt, and the second marking was meant to hit the left seam of the skirt, and the third marking was meant to hit the middle back of the skirt and the other end is going to match up at the right seam.
7. Then you gather the waistband by doing a basting stitch and pulling on the thread to make it bunch up or by ruffling it under the elastic as you go and use the markings on the elastics as a guide. I do the second way which is way more time consuming, yet I feel less annoyed. Use a ZIG ZAG stitch so it gives you room to stretch when you slide into it! 
8. Trim off the extra or do another ring of zig zag stitches around the top of the elastic band if you like. 
9. Then complete the elastic band by straight stitching the 2 ends together, preferably with the right sides together so the ends aren’t visible.
****If you don’t want the elastic band to show, fold the elastic band under then sew a zig zag stitch near the bottom of the elastic over the top or the ruffled fabric.


  1. i have had a row of dresses to “refashion” (repurpose?) whatever its called, for years. Maybe now i will do something with them?? So many ugly things, so little time…

    cute site!

  2. i cannot believe that you made those two cute things out of a Mu Mu!! thanks so much for inviting me to your sewing group i had fun! i also really appreciated your help!

  3. I love your platforms!!! :)
    And also, I did your skinny pants tutorial. Should I send you a link when I blog about it?

  4. Loved your guest posts! You are a refashioning genius!


  5. Whoa! I would have never guessed that adorable shirt and skirt were ever one GIANT mu mu!! You are a sewing maverick! I also super love your plain white tee!

  6. I’m with Rebecca!!! :)

  7. So glad you posted on Morgan’s blog. I hadn’t come across your blog before. I like. Following you now.

    Method Clothe

  8. Well done! So glad I stumbled into your blogland!

  9. um WOW…girly you’ve got talent!

    AlphabetSoup Style

  10. Love how you got two items out of that refashion! It looks great. After being inspired from your blog I finally got the courage to take some scissors to a cardigan I had that didn’t hang well on my body.. now it’s a *perfect* wrap cardigan that I wear daily!

  11. wow, you’re so innovative!

  12. This is SO awesome!!! I found your blog through a pinterest post — your blog is amazing & I’m a new follower :]

  13. I love the pale purple color and how you got two items out of one!

  14. Hey there! Just found your blog via the Craft blog and you are so talented! Your little boy is adorable and you’ve inspired me to refashion some of my own clothes too! Keep up the great work- I’m a follower!

  15. I love your work and what you did with this Mu Mu! Amazing! Found you on Miss Refashionista!


  16. I just found your blog and I really like your style and creativity, you are so beautiful and talented, a true refashion queen. I’m learning to refashion clothes, hope to get some inspiration from you! So I’m now your newest follower


  17. Love it! I could never quess it was made form such shapeless thing. Greetings from Poland :) http://longredthread.wordpress.com/

  18. Fabulous work! So inspiring!

    A plus,
    Driftwood and Daydreams

  19. This is amazing! I am a new follower.

  20. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this project!

  21. This is so pretty! I was wondering where did you get your necklace? I love it.

  22. When I originally left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I receive four emails with the same comment. There has to be an easy method you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!

  23. I like it when people get together and share ideas. Great website, stick with it!