|Yes, that is a bag on my head. I would not be caught dead in this dress!|
With a package of elastic and some 1 1/2" wide black ribbon, I can make this CUTE! I CAN! I CAN!!! *scroll to the very bottom of the post to see the AFTER*
I decided that the first thing this dress needed was a trim. I spread it out on my cutting mat and removed the top of the dress cutting just below the arm holes.
|A rotary cutter made this sooooo easy.|
|Looks a little like an ink blot test. Don't you think?|
Stitch down the casing. Pull the fabric tightly to sew loose, flexible stitches if you don't have a machine designed for sewing knits.
|I always pin one end to the garment while I'm threading through the other end.|
Snip a hole in the front of the waist casing. I chose a spot over the right hip. This is for the ribbon to pass through. Since this fabric is knit, it is not necessary to finish the edges of the hole.
|In goes the ribbon.|
I began the top of this outfit with some Internet research.
|I had to take a picture of the juxtaposition of the ultra-modern technology sitting behind the technology from the middle of last century!|
I laid out the t-shirt ($4 at Walmart) and freehand drew a circular pattern across the left shoulder.
|You are getting sleeeepy!|
|Measure twice, cut once!|
First, I cut off the band at the bottom of the other shirt. Then, I cut strips off of that shirt starting at the bottom. I used my rotary cutter ruler to determine the width of the strips.
|In hindsight, I should have purchased a larger sized shirt for this!|
|Gather and adjust.|
I pinned the gathered edge of the strips to the lines on the other shirt and sewed down the strips. I pinned one ruffle at a time beginning with the largest circle. Be careful not to sew over anything you don't want sewn! I sewed first with a straight stitch and then again with a zigzag stitch to make the sewing more stable. Finally, pin down the edges of the ruffles along the color and stitch closely to the edge. This tacks down the edges of your ruffles and gives the piece a finished look.
|Sew first with a straight stitch and then with a zigzag.|
|I can't make ANYTHING without having to use the seam ripper at least once!|
|I had to pull on the outside edges of the smaller ruffles to get them to lay flatter.|
|Twist and stitch!|
Finally I hand sewed the twisted circle onto the shirt. I went around the outside edge and then I took several stitches through the middle to keep it from puffing up and looking odd.
|Stitches through the middle.|
For under $20 (and a few hours) I have a completely cute new outfit to wear on Easter Sunday. Hooray!
I don't have any pictures of me wearing the finished outfit because right now I'm feeling a little under the weather. I'll update this post on Sunday AFTER church! See you then!
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Well, Wednesday's "a little under the weather" turned into Thursday's Strep Throat! That is why Sunday's "after church" update became Monday afternoon's. I did go to church yesterday for a little while, (I am the choir director and as such was in charge of the meeting's special musical numbers.) but I was beat by the time I got home. O.K. no more blathering.....Here is the dress............(plus a helper in her flowered headband).
I did get lots of compliments while I was wearing this outfit. It was cool and comfortable even while conducting the music. It's a keeper! Thanks for stopping by!