Wednesday, 7 September 2011

DIY Mullet Dress

I found this maxi dress in  a local charity shop for £6 and just couldn't resist the print. Unfortunately me and maxi dresses just don't get on. They are usually too long and even if they skim rather than drag on the floor I just end up tripping over them. Even worse, as this dress is strapless, just imagine the implications of stepping on the hem and ending up with the top around my waste, far too embarrising to think about!

Anyway, I have been seeing mullet dresses all over the place lately, I quite like the look and even more the practicality so decided to have a go at a DIY one. In theory all you need to do is re hem the dress in a mullet shape as desired.  In practice, with chiffon this proved a little more difficult than I expected and it go tangled and gathered in the sewing machine. Next time perhaps I forget trying to use the sewing machine and just do it by hand.

I wasn't overly scientific about the whole process, I just drew a line where I wanted the hem to be, then cut it and resewed the hem.


Here is the finished result. I decided to go for a shorter length and fairly subtle mullet as I wanted to wear the dress for a wedding evening do and didn't want it to look too dramatic. I am still pondering whether to use the off cut fabric to make some straps to cover my tan lines and give me a little added security.

I have seen some much more dramatic styles that go from maxi at the back to mini at the front and would love to give one of these a go perhaps for a Christmas party. A charity shop or old evening dress would be an ideal candidate for this project. Another mullet idea would be to cut and hem a maxi dress in an upside down v shape at the front and wear over a mini skirt or sew in a short panel of fabric at the front.

You can check out this post for some great celebrity inspiration. Pretty much anything goes from full skirts to minimalist straight skirts, chiffon layers and jaggety uneven hems. I love this trend for DIYing as you can be as creative as you like. I am also considering wearing this dress over a mesh straight skirt that I have for a slightly more edgy look.  Will share the pics next week if I decide to go for it.

So what do you think? Would you have a go at creating your own mullet?

With warmest wishes

Ceri X

21 comments:

Vix said...

It looks wonderful, Ceri. Perfect for a wedding. I've see a few of these in the shops and to be honest yours is much nicer.
A strapless maxi dress and I had a disaster at The Hop Farm three years ago, I didn't notice I was flashing all I'd got for a good few minutes. x

'Tia said...

LOVE THE dress!

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Melissa said...

Um, I can't even sew a button on so I would most definitely not attempt this. :) But you look fantastic! You did a fabulous job!!!

the nyanzi report said...

looks wonderful. great results.

sacramento said...

I love the print and adore the dress on you.
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Style Journey said...

WOW! This is wonderful! I like how you did a subtle mullet. The print is gorgeous too!

Cafe Fashionista said...

What a fabulous DIY - I LOVE this dress! :)

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous work, darling!
Love it!

xoxox,
CC

Harriet said...

Wow - you did an amazing job!

I love the 'mullet' shape - such a funny name for it but brilliant none the less!

For Those About To Shop said...

Looks really nice. I adore that floral print - it reminds me of the pattern on a peacock's fan

Natasha said...

I know that mullet dress are having their comeback, but I never really liked them. However, it looks good on you. Good job! :)

AquĆ­ said...

what a great transformation! I love the print!

bellena said...

Fabulous! It looks most trendy and attractive dress. Awesome print with the unique design. I didn't see ever this type of superb dress. Thanks.
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Leia said...

You did an amazing job!

Leia

Sherin said...

Great job on the DIY. I wish I was better at customising clothes. I think the subtle mullet look is much better as well.

Cherry Pullinger said...

This looks great!

LyddieGal said...

nice refashion! I really love the print!

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Winnie said...

Come to think of it, I have a dress which is maxi length but shorter at the front, I always forget that they're nicknamed 'mullet' dresses. Brill! Love the DIY.

Lalalala Jess said...

very clever, love it

Rosalind said...

I'm not surprised you went for this print - it's beautiful. In spite of your problems with chiffon and sewing machine (it's the same with silk or fine jersey - the kind of frustration that makes me want to just tear the garment in half and jump up and down on it) - your finished 'mullet' looks great.

triskelos said...

I really like the pattern on this dress, so I can see why you've decided to refashion it) The outcome is so great - a cute little dress, and I agree with Vix - it is perfect for a wedding))))

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