Hawaiian Muumuu to Ruffle Shift Dress Refashion


Refashions are one of my favorite things to make. I found this ginormous Hawaiian muumuu at the GW Clearance Center for pennies on the dollar. To make a refashion happen, it helps to pick out something with a ton of fabric. It’s always easy to cut away fabric, but much harder to add fabric to a project. So the bigger the better. This muumuu had enough fabric for me to cut a whole dress pattern out of it.

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Before & After

Patterns were recently on sale for $1 each, so I picked up a bunch (9 actually!). I got Simplicity 8293, Simple Sheath, that I was hoping I’d be able to use for this muumuu. I started by deconstructing the dress. First I took out the elastic around the neckline and separated the ruffle top from the dress. Then I cut off the ruffle bottom of the muumuu to give myself as much fabric as I could to make this happen.

Once I had it all ironed out I was able to pin the pattern pieces on. The fabric wasn’t quite long enough, but I solved the length problem later. The sleeves I cut out of the long ruffle that was originally the bottom of the muumuu.

For the sleeves, you can see how much ruffling there is to do. The top that meets the shoulder gets gathered and so does the bell portion of the sleeve. I use my serger whenever possible because it is just so fun and looks so professional.

(you can read about my serger and sewing machine here)

For the rest of the dress I just followed the pattern’s directions. The pattern is actually for a lace dress and lining so since this was just one layer, I was able to omit a lot of the steps. Ruffle sleeves are really in right now and they turned out to be my favorite part of the project. I also added a ruffle to the length of the dress.

I skipped the original plans for the interfaced neckline and opted for a bias taped neckline instead. Since it’s going to be hot, I want this dress to be super lightweight. I also used a regular zipper rather than an invisible one like the pattern called for. It was a zipper I picked off an old refashion project, so it was free!

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Ta-Da! The perfect ruffle sheath dress for spring. I love the fun fabric print of the muumuu and this easy pattern from Simplicity. I will probably be making another dress or two with this pattern since it was so easy. Now only if I was going to Hawaii. 

  • I LOVE THIS! I never could get my head around why someone would want to wear a muu’muu while living in Hawaii, but this is the perfect alternative. Don’t mind me I’m just drinking a mai tai while pretending I’m still on the beach in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing at the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

    • I’d much rather wear this than the muumuu! Thank you for hosting 🙂 !

  • mapam30

    I cannot sew–but my Mom does & we’ve done a few DIY like this such a $$ saver & great up-cycle =)

  • I used to sew when I was a young girl but haven’t for years. You did a wonderful job on this dress and I must say it looks quite fashionable. Looks great on you. Congratulations on being featured on #WasteLessWednesdays . Have a healthy, happy & blessed day. Keep up the sewing – you have quite a talent.

    • Thank you for checking it out. Sewing is one of my favorite things!