I am still a little backed up from not having my computer for 2 weeks. So here is a much belated Halloween post. Since Halloween was on a Sunday, I wanted Emersyn to have a dress that fit the occasion. SOOO I used something I had on hand and made a Halloween dress. BUTTTTT I figured Halloween is only one day a year, and I wanted the dress to be usable AFTER Halloween. SOOO I made THE EXCHANGEABLE DRESS. Confused??? This is what I did….
I had this black dress that I bought at the thrift store for a dollar. It was just plain and sad looking, but I bought it thinking it could still have a good life. SOO I went onto E-bay (saved myself an expensive trip to the craft store) and bought a spool of orange tool, a bunch of velcro, and 2 yards of orange polka dot ribbon and got started.
First, I took my tool (it was 6 inches wide) and folded it down the middle. Then I turned up my tension to 9, increased my stitch length, and ran a gathering stitch.
I came up with a super long piece of tool that was kinda a mess.
I then took my messy tool strip and sewed one half of my velcro (I chose the soft side) and sewed it onto the tool. I had to keep straightening up the tool as I went so that it was a ruffle and not all bunched up.
I used a zig zag stitch because the tool was shifty and I wanted to make sure and catch it.
Ta-da…..look at that crooked row of stiches:) Good thing it was going on the INSIDE of the dress huh???:0
Then I just sewed the other half of the velcro onto the inside edge of the dress.
Last but not least, I used black embroidery floss to make loops on either side of the dress to hold the ribbon. I didn’t get a picture of that, but it was pretty easy. I just threaded my needle with floss and tied a knot in the end. Then I put the thread through where the skirt met up with the top of the dress on the side seam. Then I left the loop a little bigger than the ribbon so it would not bunch up, put the needle through the same spot and tied another knot on the inside of the dress. Pretty simple.
Now I can just pull the ribbon out, switch out the orange tool and have a new dress. ORRR leave the tool on and find another matching ribbon. ORRR….well you get the idea.
I already have big plans for the exchangeable dress for Christmas, Valentines, Saint Patrick’s Day, you name it. I will keep you posted on the life of this little dress….it still has a lot of life in it:)