For clothes transformations, I was inspired by New Dress A Day – many thanks to Marisa!
Shaun and the girls got me a new sewing machine for my birthday this year!! The time is ripe for me to tie together my new machine, mad (i.e. basic) sewing skills, and Marisa inspirations.
Singer Curvy = Sweet Clothes!!
I headed over to the Salvation Army to find some old dresses. I got there on their 50% off clothes day. (THRIFTY TIP: According to Thrifty Nana, thrift and second-hand stores have daily rotating 50% off discounts to move merchandise off their shelves quickly.)
This dress was a buck, and from the looks of it, that's all that should've been paid. The dress fit me terribly and had a horrible neck gathered wrap thing-y that made me feel like I was wearing a cumberbund around my neck.
Before: Shiny and shapeless!
First things first, I cut out the weird sleeve-pouf-reinforcers. They were not quite shoulder pads, but the result was equally '80’s-ish.
I had a shirt in mind for this dress’s second life. I thought that the shiny fabric would actually look nice once the cut of the piece was brought into this decade. I hacked off most of the skirt, and cut the sleeves halfway off to make short sleeves. I folded up the raw edges to be about a one-inch cuff and straight-stitched.
The biggest problem was what to do with the baggyness. Adding MORE gathers was clearly out of the question. I had to mess around awhile until I figured out how to bring it in - a wrap shirt!
I cut the front of the dress up to the point where the neck-wrap-thingy came together on the bodice, sewed a small seam on the raw edges, and used a couple of feet of the skirt leftovers to make ties.
I sewed one long tie strip to each of the open ends of bodice. The bodice pieces will criss-cross on top of each other. The inner layer's tie slips through a slit I made on the side seam, wraps around my back, and then ties to the outer layer's tie in front.
I added some belt-loops to the back to make sure the wrap stays in place, and done!
Back belt-loop installation!
Lori gave her stamp of approval in person!
After - Hot Thrifty Mamas!
Seriously friends, you can do this. I spent less than $3 (I bought matching thread, which wasn't strictly necessary), and have a really cute shirt that I can wear to work. A little imagination and basic sewing skills are all you need. You can wear something cute and call yourself a clothing designer, all for one dollar. Genius! More of these to come.