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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. 

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

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

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

  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:

  5. I love how easy and super comfy this dress looks. It looks phenomenal on you!!!
    Suzanne (

  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!

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

  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 :)

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

    Take care,


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

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

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

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

  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.
    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

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

  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.


  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!! :)

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



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