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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

3 Dresses For $3

I know Easter is over, but I wanted to show you a bit of what I’ve been working on.  I made a few Easter dresses for friends, and I used tops off of the clearance rack to do it.  It was so much fun, and each one of these dresses only cost A DOLLAR!! 

For the first one, I started off with a sweater similar to this one:


…and turned it into this:


Aren’t they cute?  They’re twins and they’re 3 1/2.  Anyway, I turned that sweater into that cute little sweater dress. 

All I did was shorten the sleeves and add the hem of a black tee shirt to the neckline and the ties.  They are made out of strips of the same black tee shirt that are stretched and knotted on the ends.  I sewed them into the sides of the sweater.  Not bad for $1.00?  Eh?!

These next two were a bit more work. 

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They started off as baby-doll style tops off of the clearance rack.  I bought them in the biggest size I could find, so that I’d have more fabric to work with.

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How about that price?!  Lovely!

I needed to add a bit more length for the eight year old I was sewing for.  I loved the crocheted lace at the bottom of the original hem, so I lengthened this dress at the waistband by cutting the top of the dress off.

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I cut two strips of this cute pink polka dot fabric for the waist.

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Then cut some side ties.

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I serged the edges of the ties and sewed and serged them into the side seams of the new waistband.

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I positioned the tie where I wanted it and sewed it to one side of the waistband,

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then put the other waistband on top and stitched it into place.  I did this with the other side and the other tie, then serged my raw edges.

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This is what the waistband looked like after these steps:

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I then lined up one end of the waistband with the skirt and pinned it onto place with the right sides of the fabric together.

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I sewed the waistband and the skirt together on my sewing machine, then serged around the raw edges.  Have I mentioned that I love my serger?!  Well I do.

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See how pretty?

Now repeat that same process with the top of the dress and the other side of the waistband:

  • right sides of fabric together
  • pin into place
  • sew around the edges
  • serge or zig-zag your raw edges

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…and it’s done!

The next one, I made for a four year old.  I didn’t need to lengthen the dress, so I just added a sash to the waistband.  I made it really long so that it could tie in the back.

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I needed to take it in quite a bit, but didn’t want to take away from the fullness of the dress, so I just shirred the back of it.

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More on shirring here.

I think they turned out so cute!

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Here is the little one modeling the dress.  Big Sister was at school.  Mom didn’t want her face shown, so enjoy this picture of headless Little Miss! 

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It was so fun seeing all of these girlies in their Easter dresses at Church on Sunday! 

Not bad for $3.00, eh?!

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  1. Love it! Now that I'm getting a little more into sewing, I was thinking about raiding clearance racks/thrift stores for fabric! You did a FABULOUS job :)

  2. So cute! I'm jealous--my Walmart never seems to drop the prices that low.


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