I bought a lacy dress at Forever 21 on clearance a few summers ago. It was great for walking to the beach in Chicago.... but now that I am beachless in Charleston, I decided to upcycle it.
I've slowly been collecting lace back vests (like this one form Charlotte Russe).
I decided this would be the perfect next life for my dress. So I trimmed off the bottom with my rotary cutter, mat, and guide thingy.
Originally, the lace was on the front of the dress. For the vest, I wanted it on the back. So I put my mat in between the front and back of the dress with the original back of the dress facing up. I lined my guide in the center of the tag all the way down the back. Next, I cut down with my rotary cutter and cut out the tag.
If you wanted, you could hem it... but I like the unfinished look.
here's the front:
I hope you enjoyed this how-to! If you give this a shot.... please take pics and post links in the comments! I would love to see your projects.