"Frankie Says 'Relax'"? Psshh, screw that.
Frankie says "ugggghhhh"
Well, Frankenstein's monster, that is :3
I went into WalMart at about 1am, and, as per my usual, headed straight towards the Halloween t-shirt section. I almost always find something good, and they're usually super cheap.
First thing I saw was an adult 2XL, lime green Frankenstein shirt, and I fell in love.
From the moment I laid eyes on it, I knew it would become a dress.
I generally wear an adult large, so a 2XL would be dress size for me.
$5 and some creative sewing later, here's my little "Frankenstein's monster" of a dress http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/5388/dscn9271.jpg
And here's a basic tute for those of you interested:
First off, you've gotta see what I mean by "adult 2XL", so you can see the size it needs to be compared to your body size for it to have enough fabric to be a dress (without needing any extra fabric).
Me holding it, for size reference:http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/7648/dscn9256f.jpghttp://img580.imageshack.us/img580/6123/dscn9257.jpg
(yes, I make funny faces. :B)
(deleted the background 'cause it was messy, lol)
And on the ground, with my feets for size reference:http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8864/dscn9260.jpg
I cut off the sleeves, and gave Frankie a bit of a haircut:http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/1742/dscn9262q.jpg
Then turned the shirt inside-out:http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/3527/dscn9263w.jpg
I had originally measured half my bustline, underbustline, and waistline, and made a nice little shape of it....but I forgot that t-shirts like to stretch, so if you don't take an inch or two away from your initial measurements, it's gonna look all wonky. So, from this picture, you can see where I've sewn and re-sewn the sides (the darker parts are the parts I wound up cutting off completely--instead of being an hourglass shape, it wound up being more like a trapezoid where the bottom was wider than the top--my body shape MADE it an hourglass, which was kinda nifty)http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/6222/dscn9266.jpg
After making it into a tube dress (the bottom was hemmed already from where the t-shirt had been hemmed, and I hemmed the top), I started with the sleeves. I had already decided I didn't want it to be a tube dress or a halter dress (neither of which I look very good in :/), PLUS, I loved the fact that the sleeves had cute little bats all over them, so I took the sleeves I had cut off earlier and cut them open on the smaller side (the bottom).
I laid them out flat, and sewed them together so that they made a V shape (it took a bit of draping around my body before I knew exactly what angle to make the "V" at so that it would sit on my shoulders/neck correctly):http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/3381/dscn9267.jpg
Then, I put the tube part of the dress on (inside out), wrapped the sleeve part around my neck how I wanted it to hang (except also, inside out), pinned it onto the tube part of the dress how I wanted it to go, and sewed it on:http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/5064/dscn9268.jpg
(my head is cut off only so you can see my legs, so you can see how far down it goes....and keep in mind, I have pretty long legs, which is why it's a mini dress; on someone with regular length legs, it'd be a bit longer):http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/2620/dscn9270.jpg
Let me know if you do any similar recons--I wanna see! ^__^