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:

Rebekah said...

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

Brianna! said...

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!

~L~ said...

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~

Anna said...

so cute and comfy looking. you look great!

More Than "Just Mom" said...

I LOVE this!

Taylor Swim said...

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

StepThruCrazy said...

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

Jen said...

Darling! lookin good !

Mag said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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.

Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Super cute, nice job!

Tasha said...

That is so cute. Loving it!!

Unknown said...

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

Jaimie said...

Super cute, as are you!

Delia said...

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

Heather said...

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

Andrea said...

Looks great. Love the photo shoot too!

laurahill said...

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

Azura said...

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..

More Than "Just Mom" said...

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

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

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

Jill said...

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

Jill said...

featuring this at womenwhodoitall.blogspot.com

Sew Much Ado said...

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

AdinB said...

So cute!

First visit here!

nijo said...

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. ;)

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

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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