November 11, 2010

Sweater and Tee to Dress with Sachiko from Tea Rose Home

Today's guest blogger is Sachiko from Tea Rose Home.  If I could use one word to describe her and her blog, it would be "lovely."  Sachiko is a talented seamstress who can sew a mean embellished tee.  She once turned her daughter's old clothing into a memory blanket AND little doll clothing and it was absolutely adorable.

Now it's her turn.  She's got a great reashion for you today.  Welcome Sachiko!

Hi everyone, I am Sachiko, I am visiting from over at Tea Rose Home today! In my blog I share lots of sewing, crafts, clothing repurpose projects and a little bit about me sometimes. I also host a weekly link party every Wednesday; I hope you will come visit me and say hi!
Sweet Cheri asked me to be her guest blogger today and I feel totally honored!
I found a cotton short-sleeve sweater for $1 at a thrift store over the summer. I thought that the pattern on the sweater was so cute! I had to have it for a future project! I decided to pair this up with a long sleeve boy t-shirt that one of my boys had quickly outgrown. It is pretty much in mint condition.

I transformed them into a girl's dress. Here is what I did;
{How to}
* Skirt portion
1. Cut the sleeves off the sweater.

2. Cut the top portion off, the bottom part will be the skirt. Draw a nice curved line on the side, so that the skirt has a more natural line. Sew.

* Top Portion
1. The t-shirt I used is 5T from Old Navy. I cut 5" off the bottom. (You will need this to make ruffles). Also, I cut off the rib part around the neck and sleeves, and sewed lace around them. Then, I sewed elastic around the neckline, so it won't be so wide open.

2. Make the main big ruffle. Cut 1 - 2" X 12 1/2" strip, 1 - 1 1/2" X 12 1/2" strip. Sew the lace on both sides of the wider strip. Lay them together. Using the largest stitch on your sewing machine, sew in the middle of the strip. Pull one thread to make the ruffle. Sew it on to the middle of the t-shirt.

* Finishing
1. Combine the top and the bottom parts together.

2. I added more details. This is the fun part; you get to be creative do your own thing! I added more ruffles (3/4" wide), lace around the waist and top...

and some buttons...

It is ready to wear!

My little girl got to wear her brother's hand-me-downs without looking too boyish. It was fun to be out in the nice fall weather and do a photo- shoot. This can be worn as a dress or tunic, paired up with skinny jeans or leggings. :)

Thank you for this opportunity Cheri! I had fun visiting you and your readers today!

Thanks for the adorable tutorial, Sachiko!  Your daughter looks SO cute.  You can all find more from Sachiko over at Tea Rose Home.  Thank you for dropping in!


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