Upcycle Dress Tutorial

I picked this dress up at the thrift store for 99 cents! I tried it on at first, thinking of turning it into a shirt, it was not flattering on me, so instead I thought about Adelle and what I could do with it for her. She's really into dresses right now, especially long dresses to twirl in. So with a few snips and stitches a wearable dress was made.

This is a quick and simple tutorial. a restyle in less than 5 minutes! So lets get started
  • First have your daughter slip it on inside out.
  • using safety pins (a lot safer working with kids than using pins) pin your shoulder straps to the length you'd like. 
  • Now tighten the bodice around her rib cage, and safety pin the sides on the seams. Make sure that it fits her comfortably and that she'll be able to get in and out of the dress easily. 
  • Now slip it off and you're ready to sew.
  • starting with the side seams, replace the safety pin with a sewing pin and stitch a line at an angle. starting at where you pinned and moving out to the actual side seam
  • repeat for the other side.
  • Now take your straps and fold them in where you safety pinned and pin for sewing. The way you should pin it is so when you cut the excess strap off you won't have a raw seam facing the outside but the inside.
  • sew your strap and repeat. 

Now throw it on your little girl and let her run around. The nice thing about this dress, is because of the length it's going to last a long time. If only I could get Adelle to hold still for two seconds to get a good picture. At least she enjoys the new dress.
Do you have any thrifted goods you want to try this on? I'd love to see them!

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