February 19, 2010

From Teeny-Bopper to Sassy-Classy

So, you've seen a lot of these little teeny-bopper dresses around lately? I think they are really cute, but I don't do sleeveless or miniskirts these days. I'm not Miley Cyrus - I'm a mom. So, I wanted to find a way to make a more modest (but still fun) dress to wear.
Here's mine. The recipe? Pretty simple. I'm not an expert seamstress (just a wanna-be). I took an old shirt I had that had shrunk to become too wide and too short (a constant problem) and I cut it off. I went to the fabric store and bought a remnant for $1.99. I laid out a dress I have that fits me and cut out the a-line shape. I sewed it on and added a chunky belt and TADAHH!
While the dress is a flattering look, it doesn't promise to make you any tanner. Yikes, can you tell it's winter? (Though I don't look much better in the summer!)
Feel free to comment with questions. I will take more in depth pictures next time.

13 comments:

  1. Totally hot dress!! I am going to try to make one this weekend.

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  2. Cheri,
    Your talent is endless. I am SO impressed. I can sew straight lines and have to have patterns. No artistry in me!! Your family and Tom's got the art side. Shallece would have something to say as she has the art eye too. Good Luck and I will come to the first boutique opening!! Love you, OLe

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  3. very cute! i have the same problem with shirts because of my freaky long torso.

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  4. Cute! I have never sewn clothes before, but I bet I could even make this!

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  5. this is brilliant! I'm gonna try it, I have way too many too short tops that i love but cant wear!

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  6. i love this as well as all your boy clothes ideas. super cute!

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  7. You are so stinkin' creative! I love all your ideas, and as I have two boys myself, it's fun to have some new ideas. I've seen you around blogger-land on other craft blogs but never stopped by until tonight. Love your blog. Totally cute and you are gorgeous! I'll definitely be following you now!

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  8. I really like it! How cute!

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  9. Great refashion! I have a bunch of tops that are too short, I see them getting the skirt treatment in the future also. Great green upcycled craft, thanks for sharing. And it looks REALLY good on you!!!

    http://upcycldcrafts.com

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  10. really cute! lovely idea ^^

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  11. I love it. And love the belt to hide any "I cut a shirt and added a skirt to make a dress," signs that would be obvious if I tried it! :)

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  12. Love it. I have been making dresses like this for my 3 year old and somehow never thought of making myself one... so thank you for sharing and helping me re-stock my closet for spring!

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  13. Greetings from the UK!

    I couldn't really find a way to email you directly so I'm posting a comment here, hoping you get to read it! To put it briefly, I stumbled upon your blog by following a link to one of your tutorials on www.cutoutandkeep.net. That was 3 days ago and I have read every post! Hope you don't find that slightly weird, I was just completely hooked. I was quite sad to reach back to your first post but also I have thoroughly enjoyed reading.
    From what I gathered you are an incredibly inspirational,talented woman (this goes to your mother and sisters too :)) and also a wonderful mother, an all rounder! I'll be sure to check back for new posts, I've got your blog bookmarked :) I've been so busy reading your blog and others you have recommended and linked, that now my next objective is to actually start trying out some of your crafty ideas!

    Keep up the amazing work, Christie.

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