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Topic: you saw the dress to shirt - now see the shirt to dress!  (Read 43812 times)
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« on: April 21, 2006 07:53:47 AM »

I saw this dress in a store for $28.  I went home and made it for $5!

I started out this this plus size top from salvation army:


And I ended up with this:


The sleeves actually became the skirt!  (Can you believe how much fabric went into those things?)

I'm not really sure what to say for a tutorial, since mostly when I sew I just make things up as I go along.  Here are the steps I used to make the dress:

1.  Use a seam ripper to take off the ugly pouch pocket.  This leaves an unsightly mark on the dress where the stitching was.
2.  Cut off the bottom of the shirt along the line of unsightly holes.
3.  Lay a shirt whose fit you like over the top part of the shirt, and cut up the sides.  Resew to fit you.  So now you have: the top part of the shirt (refitted to your body), the bottom part of the shirt, and the scraps of the sides/sleeves.
4.  Trim the sleeves on the top part of the shirt until you get a nice little cap sleeve that flatters you.  You could hem this if you want, I didn't bother since the fabric won't unravel.
5.  Lay out the top part of the shirt on the floor.  Now lay out the bottom part underneath it.  Cut the bottom part so that the width is the same as the top part.  Restitch the two pieces together to form a tube.
6.  Attach the bottom part of the shirt to the top.  This makes the waistband.
7.  Take your sleeves.  Cut them open along the hem on the underside of the arm.  Now trim the pieces into rectangles.
8.  The sleeves form the skirt.  My butt is pretty big, so I added a triangular panel on each side of the skirt to give me more room.  I cut these panels from the extra fabric taken from the sides of the shirt.
9.  Sew your skirt together.  Now attach it onto the waistband.
10.  Finally, run a gather along each side of the waistband.  Machine stitch the pleats in place to hold it.  You're done!

If that made no sense I can try to add diagrams or something...
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006 07:56:19 AM »

That's pretty sweet. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006 08:01:52 AM »

that is really cute!! what a good find! and you did a really great job
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2006 10:35:16 AM »

wow, that collar really looks great with the new style... big improvement! Smiley Smiley very juicy couture Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2006 10:36:18 AM »

that is amazing .. so cute!
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2006 01:34:03 PM »

OMG!!! SOOO CUTE!!! I sooo want to make one just like that, how did you do it, if you don't mind me asking?
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2006 02:29:01 PM »

It's awsome!
Would it be too much to ask you for a tutorial? I have a million huge T-shirts I got from good will that are practicly begging to be reconstructed. this seems perfect!
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2006 04:37:13 PM »

Tute, pleeease! I love the new lines of the dress!
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2006 07:51:11 PM »

That's real nice, How did you make it? Huh
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2006 08:01:33 PM »

good sewing skills there! & i love tamagotchis. so five points for coolness in my book, haha.  Cheesy keep up the good work!!
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2006 06:49:11 AM »

I really like what you've done with this.  I love the shirring on the side too - Great Job!
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2006 08:06:10 AM »

WAU!! This is awesome!! I love the style of the dress and the shirring at the sides  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2006 08:12:10 AM »

i keep seeing this in the hot new topics and im worn down to post now
i just love it
it looks so comfy
and i love the neck/collar

you did a great job
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2006 09:12:30 AM »

ooh how creative! i love the new dress. what a creative eye you have. anyway we could see a tutorial?
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2006 09:31:59 AM »

Ok. I'm officially jealous. That's so adorable, well done!!!
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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2006 10:18:22 AM »

i'm in love. this is just too awesome. any chance of getting a tut? xoxo
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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2006 10:21:42 AM »

that's awesome! i love it, and what a great idea <3
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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2006 11:20:36 AM »

I'm not really sure what to say for a tutorial, since mostly when I sew I just make things up as I go along.  Here are the steps I used to make the dress:

1.  Use a seam ripper to take off the ugly pouch pocket.  This leaves an unsightly mark on the dress where the stitching was.
2.  Cut off the bottom of the shirt along the line of unsightly holes.
3.  Lay a shirt whose fit you like over the top part of the shirt, and cut up the sides.  Resew to fit you.  So now you have: the top part of the shirt (refitted to your body), the bottom part of the shirt, and the scraps of the sides/sleeves.
4.  Trim the sleeves on the top part of the shirt until you get a nice little cap sleeve that flatters you.  You could hem this if you want, I didn't bother since the fabric won't unravel.
5.  Lay out the top part of the shirt on the floor.  Now lay out the bottom part underneath it.  Cut the bottom part so that the width is the same as the top part.  Restitch the two pieces together to form a tube.
6.  Attach the bottom part of the shirt to the top.  This makes the waistband.
7.  Take your sleeves.  Cut them open along the hem on the underside of the arm.  Now trim the pieces into rectangles.
8.  The sleeves form the skirt.  My butt is pretty big, so I added a triangular panel on each side of the skirt to give me more room.  I cut these panels from the extra fabric taken from the sides of the shirt.
9.  Sew your skirt together.  Now attach it onto the waistband.
10.  Finally, run a gather along each side of the waistband.  Machine stitch the pleats in place to hold it.  You're done!

If that made no sense I can try to add diagrams or something...
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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2006 11:45:12 AM »

1) that dress is awesome
2) especially the collar
3) that tutorial makes loverly sense!!
thank you so much!
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« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2006 01:04:50 PM »

Thankyou so much! I have to try this now!!
Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2006 01:22:07 PM »

thanks for the tut. i will have to try this.
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« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2006 01:29:06 PM »

1) that dress is awesome
2) especially the collar
3) that tutorial makes loverly sense!!
thank you so much!


^ My sentiments exactly. It's way awesome. Good job! Thanks so much for the directions, I definitely have to try this now. Way to go, you rock. Wink
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« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2006 09:58:29 PM »

WAHH! Cry

that is so cool i want to cry.
i totally designed a dress SO similar to that its scary.
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« Reply #23 on: April 22, 2006 10:37:41 PM »

I love it!! It looks awesome!
Thanks for the tut, I need to try this soon!
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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2006 12:39:26 AM »

That is beautiful.
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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2006 09:02:22 AM »

GREAT sewing skils!!
it's so cute Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2006 09:36:47 AM »

Tres cute! Yet another reason to worship thrift stores Wink
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« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2006 05:29:45 PM »

I love this!!!

Great job Grin
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« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2006 06:54:38 AM »

holy crap!that is awesome. i would so buy this if i saw it in the store. awesome job
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« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2006 08:11:59 AM »

Sorry, for not being sooo sew savvy like yourself, but would it be too much to ask if you could draw up a diagram of the tute?
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« Reply #30 on: April 25, 2006 02:25:11 PM »

Sorry, for not being sooo sew savvy like yourself, but would it be too much to ask if you could draw up a diagram of the tute?

Sure.  Anything in particular you were confused about?  Is it more a question of technique or just keeping track of all the pieces or what?
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« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2006 10:50:52 AM »

i'd have to say that you're pretty talented to make something that awesome looking and pretty out of something so ugly...  and also have to say that you gotta be pretty gifted to see it coming out like that.
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« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2006 05:26:24 PM »

whoa....i love that...really nice work
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« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2006 10:24:08 AM »

holy amazing i love it
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« Reply #34 on: April 29, 2006 12:39:59 AM »

Sure.  Anything in particular you were confused about?  Is it more a question of technique or just keeping track of all the pieces or what?

I would honestly have to say the whole thing in general, I have been a bit SLOW lately with my sewing... lol!!! But I would really like to do this one.
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