Recycling an Old Dress

A couple of months ago, my sister was giving away some of my nieces clothes.  Elizabeth is now 12, so had a tub full of clothes that were size 10.  In the tub was one of my favorite dresses that she used to wear.  I LOVED the print of the fabric with its pink and green flowers and navy background and knew I had to rescue it to make it something else.

So I asked if I could have it….

I could envision making something to wear to country concerts with the lace and floral print.

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I love the vibrant colors in this fabric!

This weekend I finally got to work on it!

I found an easy tutorial  on the Southern Institute Blog that looked like something I could do.  I like to sew, but don’t have a lot of patience.  Easy, quick projects are perfect for me!

I wanted to find a white tank to sew on, but the only colors Target had was a faded lime green and this blue color.  I went with the blue and purchased it for $3.oo.  (all summer clothes are on clearance).

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My $3.00 bargain tank

 

 

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With my rotary cutter I cut the tank at my true waistline, like the tutorial instructed.

 

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I then cut off the top of the dress and also the lace panel that went down the middle.

 

 

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After measuring my waist, I pinned a piece of elastic about an inch shorter to the top of the skirt right sides together.

 

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then sewed the elastic on to the skirt with a zig zag stitch

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After sewing the elastic to the waist, I sewed the skirt together, right sides together. (It was one panel because I took the lace part off of the middle of the skirt.)

 

 

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The new skirt with the elastic waistband.

 

This would have been fine to stop here, but I wanted to sew the Target tank into the skirt to make it a dress.

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attach the tank to the elastic waistband

With the tank top right side out and upside down, I put it down into the top of the skirt that is right sides together (so inside out).  I did match up the side seams of the shirt and the skirt and pinned in place.

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It is hard to sew and take a photo at the same time!

 

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The finished product!

Ta Da!  and there you have it!  I’m afraid my niece is going to want it back!  Perfect little dress to wear to a country concert…(we do have Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindle and Eric Church coming up…)

I tried it on to make sure it fit and looked cute with my boots!

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My helper Charley! My new house has an extra room I keep all my craft and sewing things in.  Patrick is probably just glad it’s not all over our bedroom. The jean jacket and boots make it a great outfit for a concert! Photo credit: Jack Cook 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Recycling an Old Dress

  1. I’m sooooo impressed, Lori! That is adorable and I would never think to do that! Wow. You look adorable as always!

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