Friday, July 6, 2012

How to makeover a dress into a shirt

This week after reading a blog called Refashionista, here is her website, I got some creative ideas from her. Yes I can sew, actually this whole idea started on pintrest, go figure. So first this was you know I have this t-shirt I am going to make into a bag, which did not end well, so then it turned into, I have this dress, actually two of them, that I got for 3 bucks, let’s make them over. So first let me say, not all pintrest ideas are good ones. The bag I made looked NOTING like the bag in the photo, so I will try a different style later. But since I have not had time to do that yet due to my husband’s grandfather having a stroke, we’ll check out what I’ve already made.  Before you ask he is doing well, he’s stable and will need some rehab but he’s a strong man, and my husband and his father are named after him so knowing how stubborn they are I know he’ll be okay. Prayers for strength would be appreciated, or thoughts, whatever you do, I don’t judge.
So I made the handbag and while making it I would like to tell you this other story. My mother has taught home economics, or family and consumer sciences if you are going to cry about how it’s not called that anymore. She taught me to sew. This being said she always tells us to be careful, teaches us safety things, like don’t run with scissors, don’t put pins in your mouth, keep your fingers away from the presser foot or you could sew through your finger.
Sure mom. Well she’s telling the truth.
I was attempting to use a presser foot that turns under the fabric so I don’t have to measure and pin it. Well since I am using this my fingers are pretty close to the presser foot, guess what got sucked under the needle. If you said the fabric, you would be correct, but so did my finger. My middle finger at that, the needle went through my fingernail and finger, just to the right of my bone in my middle finger (you know the important on for signaling to other drivers). I realized I had to pull out the needle, upon doing so I realized the whole needle was not out. I look at the bottom of my finger to see the tip of said needle slightly glimmering on the other side.
I call my husband, he has a computer part kit thingy, and it has tweezers in it. He does not answer. I do not own tweezers. How do you pluck your eyebrows?! I don’t I wax. So not panicking I locate my mothers. I then start to pull out the rest of the needle. Here’s what you probably don’t know about needles, the tip is smaller than the rest of the needle, so I had to pull out the bigger part through the bottom of my finger. So it missed the bone and it bled a little bit and I learned how to pierce my finger but I was okay. Oh and by the time Peter called me back, two hours later his first words “Where was your adult supervision” you see why I don’t use power tools.
 I know how to use a sewing machine and I hurt my finger, imagine me with power tools. You see the world in ruins? Exactly. So moving along, I ended up disliking my bag, but I love it because it’s Batman! So I may end up re-sewing it into something like a sleeve for my tablet, but I don’t know yet.
Okay so back to the point, here is how I made this shirt from a dress. I have two of these dresses and decided I did not want either to be a long sleeve dress, but I loved the cut so I decided I would love to have it as a shirt. So I found a seam ripper, removed the sleeves off of one and then placed the dress on. I grabbed a piece of chalk, just regular chalk. And marked where I wanted the shirt to hit me at. I made my shirt kind of long but hey I’m six foot tall, when have I ever owned a long shirt that was nice like the other girls do. Try never. So I pulled out the scissors and cut off about 8 inches. Then I walked over to the sewing machine. Used the turn under presser foot, which gave me about 1/4 inch seam allowance and sewed all the way around bottom done. Then I sewed my sleeves the same way since I had taken the other actual sleeves off. Then I placed the shirt on and fell in love. Yes immediately. The cut is my favorite. I wanted to buy a shirt like this but was lazy and had not done so yet.
 Now I just have to decide if I want to make the other dress into a long sleeve shirt or a sleeveless dress, guess I could make a skirt…now I know what your thinking, why don’t you make a skirt out of the bottom of the dress. Well the dress came to my knee, well two inches above it, so I had to cut off “most” of the bottom to make the shirt. Thus I only really had 8 inches to make a skirt out of. So 8 inches ish, seam allowance on each side of 1/4 of an inch, at least, so a 7 1/2 inch skirt, wait we forgot how will it stay up?! Elastic? Need one inch then for the elastic to fit in the skirt. Hmm, I’ll use it as scrap instead since that would not cover my butt to save my life. Have you seen my butt? No? It’s rather large. But hey, I like it. So after all that I have a shirt and I can’t seem to find my photos of making the shirt just the final shot of me wearing the shirt, which was hard for me to take on my own so forgive the “myspace” style of the shot, guess once you stab your finger you forget to take photos since you watch the presser foot closely. True story. Like me, pin me, email me, please leave me a comment, if I get the chance I’ll make the bags for next week. If not I have some other “recipes” to share with you all.

Yes i am wearing pants, and yes i am in the bathroom, it had the best lighting. My phone takes the worst pictures too...

That's kind of like the original, see how it's just kind of lame...

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