I like re-working things in my wardrobe. I like it a whole lot because in a few hours you can completely change up half of your wardrobe.
So I had two things I didn’t want anymore: a pink striped polo shirt from when I was 15 and a dress my mother bought me that I liked the skirt part but not the top. I don’t think I have before photos of them but oh well!
This is the dress, to get to this point I chopped off the bust and up. It was kind of cream beaded crochet and majorly ugly but the skirt part is cute and floralish:
To get the polo to this point I cut off the white trimmings and the sleeves to give myself as much plain material as I could to work with:
After thinking about it for a while I layed out what I wanted the finished product to look like. Top part stripes and bottom floral:
I measured how much fabric I needed for the bust part and cut the shirt like this:
I then found the center of the fabric and put a pin in once for a seam allowance and a second one a few cm up from that.
Then threaded a needle…
And did a running stitch up and down the front to the second pin.
Pulled it nice and tight and you’ve got a gathered front 😀
Next! With the skirt right side out and the top bad side out I put it over the skirt like this:
And overlocked them both together. Turn it right side out and bam you’ve got a dress!
I can’t wear strapless clothes so I decided to add straps with the left over fabric…
I measured the length and over locked some strips into tubes.
Sewn in place:
To make the waist more fitted and therefore more flattering on my figure I stitched a small piece of elastic around the middle at the seam.
By stretching the elastic while I was sewing I ensured a nice snug fit.
Lastly I added a couple of bows with the left over fabric.
And then with a left over strip I made a little circle of fabric which could be used either as a matching hair bow or a belt to add another detail to the dress.
All up it probably took around 30 minutes to do, I cleared space in my wardrobe by turning 2 things into 1 and I have a pretty dress ready for summer 😀
Only thing left to do is wear it out 😀
Nice and bright to try and get me in a more summery mood!