Monday, September 28, 2015

Van Gogh Dress #2

I had some fabric left over from my refashion of THIS dress. I just love it so much, and my beautiful daughter saw it again recently, and wanted a dress to match Mommy. 
How could I say no? 
I love me some Starry Night...I am an art teacher ya know....


I grabbed a black tank top that she already had, and I cut two rectangles about 6 inches wider than the tank top. I sewed the rectangles together (RSF) and then sewed it to the tank top. 
I pinned the sides and the front and back centers of the fabric to the tank, and stretched the tank top as I stitched. I used a zig- zag stitch to make sure there would be some "give" when she pulls it over her head. 
Hem the bottom, flip it right side out, and it's done!

Cute and comfy!



Quick and easy!


She was so happy to wear it to a family BBQ!



See you next time!!



Monday, September 14, 2015

What is this thing?

HELP!!! 
What is this thing!!!

It's hand painted (says so on the tag)
It was $3.00.
But....what is this thing? Top? Dress? NOT FLATTERING! 

I posted this picture on my FaceBook Art Teacher page for some help. 
They had some wonderful suggestions, and I took them up on it.

First I chopped the sleeves off. It was a drop shoulder top, so I cut just below the seam to create my own "facing" and tucked the extra "facing" inside. Then I sewed up hem.



Now the top of it was manageable, but that ruffle...YIKES!!


I chopped it off!!!


It became a t-shirt....That wasn't exactly what I was going for, so I put it on, and measured where my waist was, and chopped it off just below my waist.
I put the excess fabric on top of the ruffle to measure the waist, and I cut diagonally from the waist to the bottom of the ruffle to create my new "handkerchief-hem-peplum".



SNIP!



I sewed it together, and now.....MUCH BETTER!!!

Pink belt, and olive pants. Perfect combo!






...and a  selfie!
 (My amazing sweet student gave me that
 awesome kitty pin! 
THANK YOU TESSA!)

See you next time!