Monday, November 19, 2012

Green Dress {But Not a Real Green Dress, That's Cruel}

A little CanCon for ya.
Love vintage BNL.

I have a perpetual donate pile of clothing in my attic.
Usually I can't get rid of it fast enough.
Then I read this post on Blue Collar Red Lipstick and decided to let the pile sit for a while.
This way you avoid that feeling of regret after the hasty purge {you know the one}.
I'm so glad I did this because I was able to rescue that pair of jeans I recycled last week.
This week I salvaged one of my t-shirts.
I liked the pattern on this shirt but it didn't flatter me at all.

This shirt had a wide neck {meant to be worn off the shoulder} so I had to start by gathering it.
I tied my ribbon around a tapered chopstick close enough to the top so that it couldn't slip off the end.
Recycled t-shirt to girls dress
Next I threaded the chopstick through the neck band.
For the shoulder seams I just did a little jump out and back in on the other side of the seam.

Recycled t-shirt to girls dress
After I went around the length I just pulled the ribbon out and tied the ends together so it wouldn't slip back in.
It would be better to use thin elastic then you wouldn't have to mess with tying it to fit each time.
I just used the ribbon because that's what I had on hand.
Recycled t-shirt to girls dress
Next I had Fiona put the shirt on so I could mark the fit.
I marked 4 spots in this order.
1.The arms hole size.  
2. The width at the hem. 
3. The width around her waist.
4. The point it should hit under her arms.
Recycled t-shirt to girls dress
Sewed 2 seams connecting these 4 points.
Recycled t-shirt to girls dress
 Cut about a cm seam allowance.
Recycled t-shirt to girls dress
Put it on her.
The hardest part of this project was getting the girl to stand still for a picture.
These are not the best pictures but it turned out really cute and comfy.
Total cost $0.
Recycled t-shirt to girls dress


  1. Great job! And your daughter is adorable!

  2. Love it! If only boys wore dresses I'd be all over this!

    1. H could start a trend?
      I take it back, let's wait until their teenage years to embarrass them.


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