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Monday, 1 September 2014

Dress to Tunic

My sister gave me this dress. I rarely wear dresses, so I re-made it into a top.

First, I removed the sleeves and hemmed the armholes. Then I shortened it by 8.5 inches.

The result is a long top, or tunic. I am tall, and finding long shirts is often problematic for me. This easy refashion will get lots of wear from me, probably as a layering piece like in the picture.

LBD refashion

I suddenly needed a little black dress for later same day, and didn't have one (not a single one!).
I sacrificed a black top. The refashion went a bit fast, so I forgot to take a picture, but it was one exactly like this one, only black.

I grabbed some chiffon from my stash and made a rectangle that was 1½ times my hip circumference wide and 2 times the length of the desired skirt long.
Sewed it into a tube, folded it double, inserted an elastic between layers, and stitched the elastic to the fabric.
Then I made a sash out of more of the chiffon.
I stitched the skirt to the top and then the sash too.

Done and I ran out the door wearing my new frock (with a black slip underneath. Had I had the time, I would have made a lining). More pictures on the construction of the dress here.

The sash is tied better here (the vest and legwarmers are refashions too, I will blog about them soon).



This week's projects started with a housedress I had previously refashioned into a regular dress (but didn't really like all that much) and a pair of boring khaki shorts that became less and less flattering as the day went on.

Dragonfly Blouse - BeforeKhaki Skirt - BeforeKhaki Skirt - Before

But those little dragonflies are just so cute!

Dragonfly Blouse - In Progress

I created a new blouse from the dress and skirtified the shorts!

Dragonfly Blouse & Khaki Skirt - AfterDragonfly Blouse & Khaki Skirt - After

Find more details and photos at CarissaKnits!

Dragonfly Blouse - Before & After

Khaki Skirt - Before & After

Hello again from Cari's frocks.

My name really is Cari Frock and I LOVE to sew.

Found a $1/lb

Found at the same time
Same store.

Put the flowers on the dress,
embroidered stems, etc
cut the leaved from a T
& made it dimensional,
added some green seed beads.

Sorry for the pics, phone is acting up. The granddaughter that got the resized CNA scrub is getting this for her 5-yr-old b-day.

Til next time...happy stitching!!

New To Me Top

Original top that I bought at a yard sale for $1.00!
I liked it as is, but really needed some tops for warmer months

I just cut off the sleeves and hemmed under .  At first I was going to pick the stitching out around the abdomen that creates a bit of draping. But after trying it on, I really liked the detail as it hides the tummy : )
I will be able to transition this top into fall by layering with a cardigan.