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!


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