Thursday, August 4, 2011

Making Lemonade- DIY Dress

We've all had it happen to us in one way or another, and if it hasn't yet it will.... Ruined clothes!  Take a look at my brand new $20 tank top.  I was given a gift card to Motherhood Maternity and thought I might use it to get some clothes.. I ended up buying 2 dresses and 2 tank tops.  Here's one of the tank tops.  I loved it because it was flowy and light and brand new.  I wore it once.. and then I washed it...and when I opened the washer it was wound so tightly around the agitator that I couldn't get it off.. Paul came to the rescue and gently got the shirt off the agitator.  And then I saw it...RIPPED! I was so sad.  It got looped around the agitator in the wash and RIPPED the top of the shirt...SEE?

So..I got really upset..because I hardly ever buy clothes for myself brand new much less spend $20 for a tank top and I'm frugal so don't judge my upset-ness. Sweet Paul immediately thought..Hey you can make P I did...

I took a dress she already had and used it as a pattern to cut the shirt to her size.  I left the edges raw because it's T-shirt material so it won't fray.  So the only sewing I did was up the sides to close them and the detail on the front.  
For the detail on the front I used thin elastic and wound it around a bobbin and popped it in.  Cut 1 1/2 inch wide strips from the scraps and then sewed them on and the elastic kind of gathered it together for me...I did 5 or 6 strips close together. I then tied a knot at each shoulder to close those.  And that's it. Easy Peasy.


  1. So creative! I had this exact thing happened... my fave white sleeveless sweater went into the garbage! :(

  2. This is adorable!

  3. super love!! you're the most wonderfully creative gal i know ;) love you, Paul, the sweet little P, and even Finely too :)