Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Back in the dress makin' business!!

SOOOO I could not stop myself.  I made my poor kid another dress--YES another one.  Just what she needs RIGHT????  The problem...
I bought this tank for a couple dollars at a garage sale this weekend.  I intended to wear it under things this summer, but it looked...NOT GOOD!!!  So I tossed it into MY garage sale pile and planned to get my money back and sell it myself.  Then I had a brainstorm---Re-Purpose it!!!
First, I cut the top off RIGHT underneath the sleeves.  Then I cut the straps off to re-use.  They were sewn with elastic thread and had a little bit of stretch to them---very handy so that I did not have to add elastic to the straps myself.  Gotta love skipping steps:)
Then I stopped taking pictures and whipped up the dress (20 minutes or less).  I folded the top edge under about a half inch and ironed it.  Then I sewed around the top to form an elastic casing.  I used quarter inch elastic.  Emersyn was asleep, so I just measured another one of her summer dresses and cut the elastic a few inches shorter.  Then I used the straps from the shirt and sewed them about 2 and a half inches from the side seam on the front and back.    The shirt had a tie in the back, so I just left that alone and did not take the side seams in at all----I just left it extra full.
The combination of this cutie pie and the yummy smell of the lilacs she picked at Grandma June's yesterday made for a Happy Monday!!!
make it wear it

7 comments:

Brock and Emily Gibbons said...

SO CUTE! such a good idea to make it into a dress!!! Goodness, I wish I was as talented as you!:)

Shanae said...

Jess you are so crafty. SO CUTE! I have never really wanted to get into sewing but looking at what you do and you make it look "sew" :) easy. Have you taken classes or are you just self taught? GOOD JOB!

Kelly said...

The dress is adorable! And I love the table runner under the lilacs too. :)

Josh & Jade said...

First of all that picture of Emersyn looks just like you! Second, I LOVE that dress. I'm jealous of her wardrobe!

marciekoch said...

This is my favorite so far! :)

Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com said...

I love it. Brown if one of my favorite colors on little girls!

janimal said...

She is completely adorable and that dress looks great! Well done!