Thursday, 1 March 2012

refashioned dress..

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It started with a $5.00 purchase from Coles.

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Measure the length that you need and cut the top off it.
(I don’t have to hem it as I am using the existing hem.)
For Eryn the length I needed to cut was just under the arm.

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Fold over the top to make a casing for the elastic and sew (leaving an opening to thread the elastic later).

Using elastic thread, I shirred the top.

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Thread  the elastic through the casing at the top, making sure it’s tight enough so it doesn’t fall down.Surprised smile

Sew elastic together, then sew close the opening.

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To make the tie for around the neck.
(This is technically not a tie, it’s one piece sewn to both sides of the front that you can slip over your head)

I cut a long strip  from one  arm piece.

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Cut that piece in half length ways using the existing seam line.

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Fold the fabric in half  and iron.
(please please ignore my dirty old ironing board coverBe right back)

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Then fold to the centre crease on both sides and iron.

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Then fold in half again.

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Sew along edge to make the tie.

Try the dress on and position the tie where you think it looks right.  I always just eyeball this part.
Pin and sew in place.

That’s it. 

Add a little accessory to add that little something extra.

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9 comments:

  1. so clever and so cute! now, i will be on the lookout for a dress i can refashion for my daughter.

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  2. A great liitle dress, what a bargain! Gorgeous model, too- and scrummy doggy!

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  3. THAT is such a cute little dress!
    Carmel
    x

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  4. Hi Tanya yay i am back on line my computer problem is FIXED!!!
    Love this dress you clever thing & great model too your dog is sooooo cute!!
    Now go make an iron board cover tee hee (just joking with yay!!) ;)

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  5. Hey Tan! Great re-fashion! :) Ez looks gorgeous (so does her cute little side kick!). :)
    Bet you were chuffed with how your bargain item turned out. You are a whizz.

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  6. I love the dress! You make it sound so simple too...

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  7. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award :)

    Have an awesome weekend!
    Bekah @ http://pinchalittlesavealot.blogspot.com

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  8. What a great dress! I'm always on the lookout for nice girls dresses that are sweet but not too grownup before their time, if you know what I mean - perfect.

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  9. Tanya that dress looks so stylish and gorgeous on your daughter:) I love the crochet flower too, such a pretty touch. xx

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I love reading them and try to answer each and everyone.Tanya