May 19, 2010

Dress to Tunic Refashion

I love tunics and stretch pants.  Yes, I said it.  Talk about comfortable!   I do however, have a hard time finding cute ones.  Today I'm going to show you how I turned a little knit dress into this fun springy tunic.


This is what I started with.  It was a basic dress, but a bit blah.


First off, I removed the little pocket carefully with my seam ripper.  I also removed the belt and belt loops.  I wanted to put in a high elastic waist band.  I wrapped the elastic around myself, just above the waist and cut it to be that length.


Then I sewed it into the dress, stretching the elastic as I sewed.  I used a zig zag stitch.  As you pull the elastic (but not the dress) while sewing, it will naturally gather the dress.


I shortened the sleeves, shortened the length of the dress (so it's a tunic), and used the remaining fabric to sew random strips onto it.


Then I paired it with the Scrappy Belt.


There you have it.  A super comfortable outfit for running errands, wrestling with my boys, or even taking a little bike ride.


Bring on the summer!


Thanks for reading!  Just a reminder.....if you're making a project inspired by this blog you can upload a picture of it to the flickr group.  I LOVE to see what you're up to!  Have a great day!

27 comments:

  1. You're sooo cute! I'm also loving the warm weather:o)No more big bulky things of winter.

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  2. How simple and SO stinking PRECIOUS!

    you are just too cute miss!

    xoxo
    bB
    p.s. I a new FOLLOWER and Im WAY excited about that!

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  3. i love this! especially the lines you added to the front.

    "Make MY Style" link party every monday for those that make their style.

    ~L~

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  4. so cute and comfy looking. you look great!

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  5. Nice! I love the simplicity. You whipped that boxy dress into shape. Way to go. It looks fab!

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  6. I LOVE it! Tunics and leggins are one of my favs, too! I think I may have to try this!

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  7. Darling! lookin good !

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  8. it is so cute, love the little belt... and i love your lion banner, that's what i need too for being a mother of two boys!

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  9. I can't get enough of tunics, and this one is adorable. But what I want to know is, how did you create that hairstyle?? SOOOO cute.

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  10. Super cute, nice job!

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  11. That is so cute. Loving it!!

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  12. My machine is up and I'm re-purposing everything right now! This is very cute and especially on 'too cute YOU'!!

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  13. Super cute, as are you!

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  14. Very cute. I like the b and w stripes a lot!

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  15. Your idea turned out great, what a fun transformation! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Looks great. Love the photo shoot too!

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  17. You MUST please show me how to do that hairstyle!!!

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  18. Awww I love that! Btw, you're so adorable!! :) I have a black dress but i dont know what to do with dress :/ I have ideas but i cant make a desicion..So annoying..

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  19. Love it! You are so creative! I made a scrappy belt of my own after seeing yours, and I talked about your site on my blog - hope that's okay!
    http://amijustmom.blogspot.com/2010/05/scrappy-belt-and-ruffle-tshirt.html

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  20. Now this is just too cute! I love it! :)

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  21. That turned out gorgeous! You've always got something fun to share! Love it :)

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  22. featuring this at womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

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  23. That is so great! And so cute with the scrappy belt too! I want to make about 10 to wear all summer...

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  24. So cute!

    First visit here!

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  25. Found this post via OnePrettyThing. What a beautiful job you've done! This is my kind of style!!!!! Keep up the good work! ...now off to discover more of your blog. ;)

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  26. Hey missy! You are looking darling in that outfit that you reworked for yourself. Such a smarty pants and yes, I agree, it looks incredibly comfy!

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