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Topic: you saw the dress to shirt - now see the shirt to dress!  (Read 49310 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...
« Last Edit: April 15, 2010 03:44:13 PM by jungrrl - Reason: Tutorial added to first post » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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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!

« 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?

« 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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