How to Make Super Cute Shorts from an Old Dress | Here’s How | Flower Power Style

I once heard a quote from a man who was over 100 years old. They were asking him for tips on life. He said “I have no failures in life. If I make a cake and it fails, it becomes pudding!”
Everything is just how you look at it. Failure is merely your perspective on success.

We bought this AMAZING retro yellow daisy print from the cutest hippie/vintage flea market in Northern Israel a few years ago. We loved the fabric from the start and at first we decided to make a dress out of it. Well…. that dress really REALLY didn’t turn out the best. The fabric was far too thick for that design and it ended up looking like an over starched doll costume. Not quite the look we were going for. Still loving the fabric, we kept it at the bottom of our fabric stash for maybe two years, knowing eventually we would use it.
About two weeks ago, the day FINALLY came to fulfill that fabrics destiny 😅. We pulled out the beautiful fabric, designed a pair of shorts, and began. From this silly dress, that was a failure at first, we made these ADORABLE shorts. (Really I love them so much 😍😍)

Designing the shorts was a bit of a challenge. I wanted them to be perfect and professional. I took out my favorite jean shorts and started to make a pattern based on what I did and did not like from those. I made all the fancy pockets, flat felled the seams, even added the little seemingly useless mini pocket inside the big pocket on the right side. (Did you know that was originally used for a pocket watch? Fun Fact!)

After a few hours of drafting the pattern, and maybe two days before I actually finished sewing I had made the perfect pair of shorts from one of the ugliest dresses.
And so I guess life is really just like what that centennial said. Is there really such a thing as failure. Maybe that cake wasn’t meant to be cake, but rather pudding 😊

So here are some before, in betweens, and the photoshoot we took after of these beauties 😊⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also don’t forget to check out our tiktok to see the awesome transformation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Anyone else have a similar failure to success stories?


  1. Love your transformed daisy dress, much cuter as shorts!

    1. Thanks!!! I think so too 🙂

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