How to Lengthen Clothes With A Contrast Print

Sunday, May 5, 2013

I've been drooling over mixed print trend that floated down the spring runway especially since mixing prints opens up all kinds of DIY opportunities--it's like an invitation to break all the rules. I used an an oversize mini dress from Charlotte Russe to create this look. The base color of the floral pattern was navy blue, so I thought a navy polka dot fabric would be an obvious choice, then made sure to incorporate the navy print with a small rectangle pocket flap. DIY win!

*Kristina J.'s tip: The contrasting print you choose should be the same scale as the print of your dress. The proportions of these polka dots are small like the flowers in the dress. Oversize polka dots might not have worked as well with the small floral print. 


  1. That looks really pretty, and ingenious too! Perfect for those niggly dresses that are too short also!

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  3. Lovely! It looks so good on you! I never thought about adding a band at the bottom of my too short dresses so this is cool I will have to do this soon :) thank you for the tutorial and tips!
    Bonnie MS

  4. Love this idea, and the subtle pattern mixing. Great work!

  5. Love this !! You are so creative :)

  6. This is brilliant!! I have two dresses that are too short, but I had no idea what to do with them. This would work perfectly! Thanks! :)

  7. Great idea! Now I can recycle some of my favorite dresses.

  8. Great idea - thanks for sharing!

  9. oh, I love this so much! I have a couple of dresses that are too short for me, I don't know why, it's not like I'm growing, lol. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wow. You have a great sense for style/color combination. I love YOUR dress so much more than the original! Thank you so much for linking this up with us. Your blog is new to me and... well, I like it!!!!!! (btw a new linky party will open later today)

  11. Of course it looks a million times better with your touch to it!!

  12. A huge improvement--beautifully done!

  13. so pretty! You inspired me to be brave and try it on a dress I picked up recently, it turned out great! thanks :)


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