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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Last Dress of Summer



Yet another dress for which I did not create a tutorial...but it's a pretty easy concept. I'm sure you can figure it out! :)


This was my first project sewing knit fabrics together and I pleased to discover how easy it is. I used an old Loft shirt (from the last year they made substantial knit tees!), the bottom half of an Old Navy sundress (the kind with a smocked waist), and the knit belt from another ON dress. 





I used a stretch stitch to sew the shirt and skirt together, and then tacked the belt in place with some hidden hand stitching. 


Tips: 
Figure out where you you want the waist to sit while wearing the shirt and skirt. Pin in a few places, then carefully remove and continue pinning. I used safety pins to avoid pricking myself. 

Try to maintain a natural posture when pinning. If you hunch or twist too much, it will make the shirt bunch. Make sure the shirt is pulled smooth before you pin. Better yet, have a friend help you pin!

This dress is so comfortable! And I love reusing pieces that were going unused in my wardrobe. The shirt had grown a tad too short for my long torso, and the "skirt" never wanted to stay up without a belt. I fixed two problem pieces with one dress. Hurrah! 







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24 comments:

  1. Super cute! I wish I could get away with wearing stripes on the bottom like you!

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  2. Great job on the dress. It's adorable!
    Rhiannon

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  3. Looks really good on you, Kaitlin!!! A great refashion!!!

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  4. Very cute dress. Perfect for BBQ or a pool party.

    Stopping by from Cherished Bliss' Craft & Tell linky party and your newest follower. When you have a moment, come on by my blog. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/09/another-fur-baby-coat.html

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  5. I love how easy and super comfy this dress looks. It looks phenomenal on you!!!
    Suzanne (http://winterwonderingswanderingswhatnot.blogspot.com)

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  6. So cute! I'd never thought of refashioning my old clothes in this way. This is even something I could do with my sad sewing skills. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. by the way, I'm a new follower! :)

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  7. Wow, what an awesome project! I have always wanted a dress that looked something like this. Perhaps I'll have to give it a go :)

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  8. This is so pretty! I love that classic Summer look! Have a great week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  9. Super cute! and such a great idea for the unworn items.

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  10. Very cute! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  11. What a cute dress! You could wear this for fall too with a cardi and some tights :)

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    1. By the way I'm your newest follower too. I love all your refashions!

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  12. This is so cute. You did a great job. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/reeses-smore-brownies-and-wednesdays.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  13. So cute and easy and stylish! Love the red sash! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

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  14. It turned out so good. Thanks for the inspiration. I need to throw some pieces in my closet together:) Thanks for linking up with me.

    Tori

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  15. Super cute (and such an innovative idea)! Thanks for some inspiration!!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us at Keep Calm & Link Up this week! We love getting to see your new projects and ideas each week! Have an awesome weekend!! :)

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  16. That is stinkin' cute! I love it!
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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