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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall – Bleach Dyed Dress

All summer long, I had eyed a number of bleach dyed tops, skirts, and jackets, but didn’t want to spend the cash for anything new. So I put bleach dyeing something for myself on my summer to-do list. By the time I was done, it was fall! 🙂

a blue a linen sack I could find

as blue a linen sack I could find

I started with this linen dress I found at the thrift store for $3. I thought the cobalt blue was so pretty, and the pockets were interesting. But everything else needed some changing…!!!

alterationsI did a number of pretty standard alterations:

  1. marked at my natural waist and cut
  2. brought in the sides and sleeves, trimming off the excess
  3. resized the new skirt by making 6 uniform box pleats. I considered just gathering it like I have before, but the fabric is a bit thicker and I thought pleats would be faster to do

IMG_1909-001After that, I sewed the new bodice and skirt back together: I matched them up at the waist seam, with the right sides facing each other.

IMG_1921-001It was already MUCH improved. But I knew this little gem had more to show!

bleach dye materials

Needed: big bowl or bucket, sponge, GLOVES, straight up bleach, concrete slab or giant table covered with tarp (not kidding)

I got my materials together and found a nice flat concrete area to work on. Some notes on the materials and work space:

  1. I needed a large surface area that was flat, big enough for me to lay the entire dress out without wrinkling
  2. The work space needed to be something I could drip undiluted bleach all over. The concrete outside my front door was perfect after I made sure it was clean of debris, but I would have used a tarp on a big table if I needed an alternative.
  3. I was dip-dyeing my dress first, so I chose to use a smaller, narrower bowl versus a wide bucket because I didn’t want to pour more bleach than I would need to saturate the hem of dress.
  4. I had a big soft sponge, the kind you shine cars with, but a smaller sponge would have been fine too.

Starred Photos5I started with the hem: I kind of rolled my dress up so that it would fit the width of the bowl, being VERY CAREFUL that the hem was uniform all along the bottom, and put my gloves on. After filling my bowl about 4 inches deep with the bleach, I lowered the dress in until it was standing on the bottom of the bowl with the surface of bleach reaching 4 inches up the hem, and “creeping” up. 

One thing I didn’t know about bleach dyeing is that the bleach does not change the color of the fabric right away. I thought that the moment the fabric would hit the bleach, it would turn white. So it was rather anticlimactic when I built up all this courage to finally dip the dress and it didn’t change color at all and just looked…wet. I held it in there for a good 4-5 minutes, and it only changed to a pinkish color! I was bummed. But when I took it out and lay it carefully down, it started to turn whiter and whiter as it dried! So I ended up dipping it once for a few minutes, and then letting it dry for about 10, and then dipping it one more time for another 4-5 minutes to make sure the hem was as white as can be.

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front and back splatters

I couldn’t get any action shots of the next steps because I was, well, in action 😦 but after getting the hem all white, I wanted to have a splatter effect that grades up the dress. I put my gloves back on, and tried my best to get the skirt as flat and even and unwrinkled as humanly possible. I took the sponge and filled it with the bleach in the bowl – not completely soaked so it’s dripping full, but full enough to squeeze a good cup full at a time.

With my sponge loaded, I held it over the area nearest the hem, and SLOWLY squeezed the bleach out, carefully splattering it in a somewhat uniform way. I did the first liberal squeeze onto the bottom of the dress, and then did the smaller drops for the area a little above, so the drops get smaller and smaller.

After that, I literally just cupped a little bleach in my gloved hands and trickled it along the middle – the area between the hem and waist – of the skirt. Finally, for the top part, I wet my gloves in the bleach, and let it drip off my fingertips for larger drops, or flicked my fingers to get the small drops along and above the waistline.

LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES: It’s REALLY IMPORTANT for the dress to be flat!!! The bleach pooled along even the slightest fold and wrinkle, making pooly lines of bleach instead of the more roundish splatters I wanted. I was able to fix it by adding MORE bleach to round them out, but I wish I had been more careful from the beginning.

Again, it only turns white after it completely dries, so after letting it dry, I took another look at it, and did “touch ups” with my gloves until it had just the right amount of splatters. After that, it was another 20 minutes to air dry completely, an express spin in the washer and dryer and…

bleach dress 1

dumb pose #1

my new fall dress with old summer trends! 🙂 On an unrelated note, my husband made the credenza behind me. Isn’t he cool? I always say HE should be writing a blog.

bleach dress back and front

back and front or dumb pose #2 and #3

bleach dress close up

bleach flowers

I reallyyyyyy LOVE how the splatters look up close. There’s something almost floral about the pattern!

before during after

before – progress – after

The end! Husband always chides me for taking “ugly” before pictures and then trying to look super great in the after pics. He says it’s manipulative. So here’s a before/during/after pic to fairly represent the state of things. See – I’m happy allll the way through!

little boy bloopers

🙂 and this makes me happy too.

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Pink Granny Dress

Anyone who knows me knows I like ugly things I have an unconventional aesthetic. “That’s really ugly/weird,” they say, “but somehow it suits you.”

So when I saw a pale pink, polyester dress with granny pleats past my knees, long sleeves with not one, but TWO sets of shoulder pads, and a neck hole that barely went over my head with a lace bib attached, I literally gasped in glee.

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omgiloveyou

I LOVED the pleated skirt, the blouson quality of the top, and the vintage look of the fabric/print, and I knew all the things I didn’t like – the neck line and the sleeves – could easily be changed. Do you see the potential?!

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I have to tell you, though, that lace bib is destined for greatness.

With scissors and seam ripper in hand, off came the lace bib, the sleeves, the 2 sets of shoulder pads

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I opened up the front and back of the neck hole, following the line of the existing interfacing as a guide. You could also use a shirt you already have as a guide to make sure the neck isn’t cut too big.

in z formation - finished arm holes, paper fabric and interfacing cut, interfacing ironed on to fabric, finished neck hole

in z formation – finished arm holes, paper fabric and interfacing cut, interfacing ironed on to fabric, finished neck hole

I finished the open arm holes by rolling over twice, pressing, and stitching in place. I decided to finish the neck with interfacing (my first time!) so I made a paper template for the front and back, used it to cut my fabric (I used the extra fabric from the sleeves) and the interfacing, and ironed the interfacing onto my fabric. I then lined it up with my neck hole, right sides together, sewed around the edge, then folded the interfaced piece so it was on the inside of the garment with the wrong sides together, pressed, and topstitched in place. It turned out well!

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and I was DONE!

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the deets

light, summery, pretty!

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Happy either way 🙂

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before and after

The end!

The Peplum.

This is a refashion I did soon after I found out I was pregnant. It was an awkward time when my clothes, especially the pencil skirts that I favor, were getting a little tighter but the pregnancy weight just looked like, well, fat.

With a wedding looming around the corner, I had nearly nothing in my closet that fit and I was really sad about it. I needed something that would hide my belly, but still have the silhouette that worked for me. I needed. The Peplum.

This “tutorial” is actually a copy of a legitimate tutorial by Sarah of “Welcome to the G00d Life“. Her Anthropologie inspired peplum skirt is the real deal!

DSC_0567I found this skirt at goodwill for a few dollars. I knew it was the perfect candidate because it was a medium weight fabric (not too hot, not too cold), the waist was juuust the right size, and it was about 4 inches too long (you’ll know why I thought that was good in a second!)

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I marked where I wanted my new skirt to hit, and lopped off the bottom about a half inch below that mark (that half inch is needed to fold under twice and sew down as a new hem.) That piece I just cut off the bottom was about to become my new belly hiding peplum!

DSC_0572The 4 inch wide piece I cut off the bottom was a tube that had a raw top edge, a hemmed bottom edge, and two side seams. Basically, the idea is to take this tube and move it up to the waist to make the peplum. I cut the front of the tube (one layer of fabric – don’t cut through 2 layers of fabric!) straight up the middle, front and center, so that, if all unfurled, it would be a long strip instead of a tube. I then took the edges of the cut I had just made, and cut the bottom corners to round off into the bottom edge (the hemmed one). The last thing I did with my strip was gather the top (raw) edge to measure the same as the waist, but you could easily just pleat it (which is what Sarah did).

DSC_0571I didn’t want my peplum layer to show at all, so I carefully picked off the waistband with a seam ripper. I then positioned my new peplum on top of the skirt, making sure to match up the side seams.

DSC_0573I carefully sandwiched everything with the waistband again and secured everything with lots of pins (like, A LOT of pins!). After everything was sure not to budge, I carefully sewed the waistband back on.

DSC_0574The last step was to fold the raw edge on the bottom over twice and sew in place for a new hem. My skirt also had a lining, so I had to cut, fold, and re-hem that too 🙂

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done! I seriously love this skirt and wear it a LOT. I think it’s my most-used refashion to date! For that wedding, I wore The Peplum with another figure forgiving refashion – my elastic-in-the-back prisoner shirt.

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before and after

🙂 fun!

P.S. clearly I’m crazy for peplums. you should be too.

Take No Prisoner (Shirts)

I was inexplicably drawn to this white and blue striped shirt at Goodwill the other day, but didn't realize until I got home and tried it on that it looks like a prisoner uniform! I've tried to help you imagine what I looked like using my mad photoshop skillzzz. I needed a plan to make this shirt decidedly UN-prisoner-ly so....

FIRST I got my scissors out - I opened up the neckline, ripped off the sleeves, and brought in the sides in to be the width of my hips

SECOND I tried to make the top more fitted while also subtly breaking up the strip-iness of the shirt (I'm making up a lot of words today!). I measured and marked out four darts, pinned, and sewed them down!

Here's a close up! I was going to do this to the back too to fit my waist perfectly, but when I pinned the back darts, I found out I couldn't get it over my head! err....that won't do.

So THIRD, I tried to make the back more fitted by ruching with elastic. See how plain and square the back was? I cut a piece of elastic about an inch and a half long, and, after tacking it in the middle of the shirt, sewed it down while it was stretched out. When it's all sewn down, the elastic will naturally ruche the fabric when released!

Now the back looks like this! Three cheers for fit AND comfort AND being able to pull a shirt over your head! hurray hurrah huzzah!

The FOURTH and last stage - finishing the edges. I double rolled and hemmed up the bottom, neck hole, and arm holes. For the neck, I used this cheater technique that I'm kinda stoked about! I really wanted the look of bias tape, but totally did not want to put in the work, so after rolling toward me while the shirt was flipped inside out, I stitched as closely to the edge as a I could. I then flattened the seams open (while still inside out) and gave everything a good press.

It turned out like this! Looks like bias binding, right? heheheheh

and ta-da! Here is my new prison shirt turned spring tank. Now for the rain to stop and the sun to come out...

Before and after. Have fun!

Random Side Projects Part Deux

These last few weeks have become an unplanned break from my blog. The holiday season has been full of exciting announcements, travel, and sweet times with friends and family. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping busy!

For Christmas, my sister wanted to surprise her little girls by doing a super darling makeover of their room! She had bought this tree wall decal, so my job was to spruce it up with paper flowers to give it color and texture.

Check out this post to see the rest of the room 🙂

On holiday days (holi-days? holidays?) my local goodwill sells all their apparel for 50% off! So I snagged a bunch of stuff, including this groooovy shirt, and did some easy refashioning by bringing the sides in and shortening the sleeves.

Before and after!

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My brother's small group bought a niiice (Pitt-Minion) Bible for one of its members, so I made a cover for it as a birthday gift! This little sucker took me four tries, but NOW I know what I'm doing.

Before and after!

Details: elastic closure with button, fabric faux spine, inside pockets to hold index cards, ribbon book mark

While making a couple of baby headbands for a friend's friend, I was reminded of my first love: felt flowers. (Sigh) ❤ ❤

And finally, new year = a new Bible reading plan. My family has loosely been doing it together thus far. We randomly text one another with the verse from that day that stood out to us. Little sweet blessings from a heavenly Father that I pray I don't take for granted.

Check out the plan here

This past Christmas also marked my one year anniversary with my dear sewing machine. As I look back at this past year and remember the frustration, tears (YES literal tears my friends), excitement, and JOY of learning how to sew, I am delighted and dismayed at what I have done. I feel I have come a long way, but there are still so many things I do not know how to do! So, here are my new year sewing….goals. heh.

1. make a piece of clothing from SCRATCH (no refashion)

2. learn how to use a pattern (so scary)

3. be more “legit” with techniques -__-

4. make other stuff (hats, shoes?)

5. learn how to sew tricky fabrics, like chiffon (scary)

6. learn how to hem pants legitimately

and most importantly…

7. be like Tabitha. Use gifts for the building up of the body of Christ, and not for selfish gain.

Keep me accountable friends!

Muumuu Delight

I found this muumuu (sleeping gown?? nightie?) for $5 at goodwill. It features fabric to the floor, a zipper in the back, and short little girl sleeves. I was drawn to it immediately because of...

...this amazing bib! The prospect of making this thing wearable in public was making me all sorts of excited.

So first, the length had to be DEALT with. I chopped it to tunic length (mid thigh)

...and brought in the sides and trimmed the excess.

Next, I knew I would want a sash/tie thingy, so I chopped a foot wide piece from the skirt, opened it up (to be a looong strip). I folded the strip length wise and sewed it shut with pointy ends (ala my obi belt ties). When I turned it inside out, it became...

...a nice wide sash!

Now for the most daunting part. I knew I NEEDED to add length to the sleeves to carry the piece out of baby-girl land, so I picked open the hem on the sleeves and measured around.

I cut two rectangles that equaled the circumference of the sleeve so that...

...when folded in half, it could easily be attached to the existing sleeve and add length! Before I attached it though, I wanted to elasticize the arm opening.

MINI TUTORIAL ON ELASTIC: So first (upper left) I cut my elastic to the length and width I wanted. Second (upper right) I sewed the end of the elastic in place onto the edge of the wrong side of my fabric. After lining it up with the edge of the fabric (bottom left), I stretched the elastic out across the edge (bottom right), and pulled the fabric from behind the needle to help it feed along while sewing down the stretched elastic to the fabric.

Because the elastic is sewn on stretched, when it is let go, it looks like this! This would be a really easy way of ruffling, gathering, or ruching, in addition to generally elasticizing a waist or arm opening.

I rolled the edge over on more time to give it a more finished look (would an exposed elastic scream "BEGINNER!" to you?? I'm asking)

And the sleeve addition (implant? supplement?) was done!

I pinned it on to the open hem of the existing sleeve, right sides together, and sewed all the way around! Sewed everything shut, tapering off the arm hole a little. I think I was able to get away with lengthening the sleeves this way because the print would sort of hide whatever seam I'd put in, but I wouldn't recommend this method for a solid or a bigger print.

Last thing left to do was hemming! hemmm hawwww

That's it! A new, cheap, and unique piece for my wardrobe! Someone commented that it looks like it's from a different culture, which made me (inexplicably) really happy and pleased! The bib - success!

BEFORE and AFTER. Don't let anyone tell you you can't wear a bib in public. Have fun!

linked up here!

The Skinny on Skinnies

MATERIALS NEEDED: pants to skinnify, marking pen, pins, sewing machine with coordinating thread.

I have these pants that my sister found for $1. I never wear them because they make me....well....you can see for yourself in the picture. 😦 sigh. It's such a shame because the waist and length are perfect, but they make me feel like a man.

SO...I laid those babies out on the floor inside out...

....and lay some existing skinnies directly on top. Matching up the outside seams, I used a fabric pen to trace where the inside seams of my skinnies fell. If you're doing this, you'll want to look at your own pants and see which seam will be best to take in; usually there is one that has a thick decorative seam, and another that lies flat. If your outside seam is the flat one, then I would bring that seam in rather than the inside seam.

(sorry bad picture) see the line? After this, I pinned one of the legs up with pins...

...and tried it on (yep, inside out!), adjusting where the fabric was pulling too tightly.

Starting at the crotch, I sewed down the new inner seam.

After trying it on one more time to make sure it fit the way I wanted, I cut the excess fabric, and zigzag stitched over the unfinished edge so that the fabric wouldn't fray.

I folded the pants in half and marked the other leg up (do you see the blue line?). I did it this way to make sure my two legs were symmetrical. Repeat the process on the other side (starting at the crotch, sew down the leg, cut excess fabric. Check to see if they fit and both legs are even)

and heeeyyyyyy~~

New skinny pants! 🙂 I still look dumpy, but....LESS dumpy, right?? 🙂 hehee.

so. many. tutorials!

Christmas Dinner Capelet

MATERIALS NEEDED: Fabric (enough to make a 2 ft by 2 ft square), coordinating fabric for a collar, scissors, sewing skillz (either by hand or machine)

PART 1: MAKE A SQUARE. So I got this skirt for free when I picked up that peplum-dress dress 🙂 but since my waist is NOT the size of a remote control, I decided to repurpose it into a little capelet! Of course, you don't have to get a square of fabric from a skirt; you could just go buy some fabric (more than 1/4 yard, less than a 1/2?) I would recommend doing this with a fabric that doesn't fray so that you don't have to finish the edges

I cut it straight down the middle...

...and snipped off the elastic waistband. I ended up with a rectangle of fabric, which I then cut in half, laying the pieces side by side...

...to make a square 🙂 If you trim the sides (like I did) to make it more square-ish, make sure to save the strips, b/c you will use them later. (Ignore those curved corners. and the beanbag.) PART ONE: DONE!

PART TWO: MAKE A COLLAR I measured around my neck and then grabbed a scrap sleeve from some shirt (made of jersey) and cut it into a ring, where the inner circle was the circumference of my neck. ALTERNATIVELY (and more easily) you could grab an old t-shirt you don't wear, and cut off the neck hole 🙂 You should try to keep it as 1 piece - mine is in 2 b/c I didn't have enough fabric

Assuming your collar is a ring, make one cut into the center, and round the edges of the cut like so. (It looks like my mom's hairdo. heehee!) and hey - PART TWO is DONE! 😀

PART THREE: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER Lay your cute peter pan collar directly over the center of your fabric square. Mark the placement of the inner ring and...

...hollow it out!

At this point, your square is still a square, but it has to become a circle! so cut those corners off to make it a perfect circle..

...or...not so perfect...oval. 🙂 Sew all the pieces together, making sure to leave a front opening. No pics of this next step, but see the opening? Clip those corners to mimic the curved edges of the peter pan collar (see finished product pic for visual - 😦 sorry). Almost done!

PART FOUR: PUSSY BOW Gosh - a capelet with a peter pan collar and a pussy bow?!? TRIFECTA OF CUTENESS! You could easily grab some ribbon and skip making the bow ties yourself, but if you'd like to, grab those left over strips of fabric from earlier and sew them into two long..err..tubes. Make sure to sew them right sides together, and then flip inside out, because... 😦

...when the tube's flipped inside out it should look like this (no visible raw edges).

NOT this (fat visible seam in middle). 😦 😦 ANYWAY.

Fold the tube's end onto itself twice and sew it to the capelet right under the collar, on the inside of the capelet. Make sure to fold the edge UNDER and then sew, like this.

Do NOT fold it OVER and then sew. 😦 😦 fail. But hey - swing it over your shoulders, tie the bow, and....

...voila! 🙂 Seriously EASY right?! It's just TWO CIRCLES sewn onto one another with a HOLE IN THE MIDDLE and two string things to tie it shut!

And that's it! I'm off to an imaginary Christmas dinner, friends! 🙂 Have fun!!!

Ombre Glitter Shoes

MATERIALS: old shoes, newspaper, modpodge, two shades of glitter, foam brush, plastic knife/spoon, paper plate. NOT PICTURED: tape OPTIONAL: coordinating ribbon, hot glue

PART 1: RAZZLE-DAZZLE! Start by taping off the soles of the shoes. I used scotch tape, but I would recommend painter's tape b/c the scotch tape did NOT come off easily, y'all 😦

Precautionary, but not necessary: stuff with newspaper to keep yourself from getting glitter in the shoe

Take the color that you want at the back of your shoe, and mix it with mod podge in a 50/50 ratio. I only needed a little bit of mod podge, like a small spoonful. Start with just a little bit of mod podge, and add more as you need it (a little goes a long way, though!)

The magic is beginning!!! If you do it this way, instead of applying glue and shaking the glitter on, you will leave a LOT less glitter trailing behind you. The glitter stays put wayy better this way (I found out the hard way)

Dab dab dab. Lay it on THICK or else you'll have bare patches, and it's a pain to do touch ups.

Razzledazzle phase 1

Mix in a little of the other color, so the color ratio is like 2 (color 1) : 1 (color 2). Dab that on and...

Razzledazzle phase 2. Mix in more and more of color 2 with the mod podge, dabbing it on in phases until your shoe is done!

Razzledazzle phase 3

Razzledazzle DONE! Notice how there is no glitter mess? Mixing it with the glue is so much cleaner/more efficient

After it's dry, peel off the tape from the soles (carefully!)

And that's it! You have a new pair of sparkle shoes! I really LOVE the ombre effect.

PART 2: EMBELLISHMENTS. Call me crazy, but even after covering my flats in not one, but TWO shades of GLITTER, I STILL thought they were too plain! So out comes the ribbon. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon, about 8 inches? Snip the edges

Crease them at the middle, and crease both ends at about 1.5 inches (?) I'm going to call them the "middle crease" and the "side crease"

Squeeze a *little* bit of hot glue over the middle crease. Bring one of the side creases over to meet the middle crease and pinch to glue (watch your fingers!) See how the snipped edge is peeking out? You want that...if it doesn't peek out, try to re-crease to ensure that it does

Repeat with the other side...

...and when you turn it over, it'll look like this!

Cut another piece of ribbon, about this big

Fold in half lengthwise, and glue one end to the middle of the back of the bow (where the folds are)

Wrap around...

...and glue in the back!

Cuties! Apply a liberal amount of hot glue to the backs of these and stick them onto your shoes!

and they're DONE! 😀

I've heard you can spray them with hairspray to further ensure that they don't leave a trail of glitter behind you. But make sure you stuff your shoes with newspaper, so you don't get hairspray inside your shoes!

The colors are a lot more saturated in person, but can you see the ombre?

Do a happy glitter dance and enjoy! 🙂

More sparkly feet here and here!

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Peplum Dress

I got this big shapeless dress for free! 🙂 So I knew I could experiment with it. I learned how to make darts, install an invisible zipper, and just generally bring in a dress in places that are too loose! So much fun…

PART 1: TOP. Ripped out those shoulder pads and waist ties!

Cut the dress at my natural waist

Then I made darts! MINI TUTORIAL: DARTS. Not sure how you’re supposed to make darts, but this is how I did it: measured my waist and divided in half (28/2=14). Measured the width of the top and figured the difference between it and my waist (20-14=6). Measured and marked at 1/4 and 3/4 of the width on the top (so I made marks at 5″ and 15″) then drew a dot directly 5 inches above each mark. Knowing the top had to be brought in 6″, each dart would have to be 3″ wide, so I measured 3″, centered it on the bottom mark, and marked each side. So I basically drew 2 equilateral triangles with 3″ bases, 5″ height. You probably don’t need to draw the sides, but I did because I was nervous 😛

I pinched each triangle in half, and sewed along the “side”

They looked like this! I did darts on the front and back of the top. 🙂 After this, I tried it on inside out, and brought in the sides, shoulders, and sleeves a little more to be more fitted.

WAISTBAND: Found some coordinating fabric

Measured it around my waist and cut it into a strip. Pinned and sewed it to the bottom of the top (right sides together)! 🙂 Top is DONE!

PART 2: SKIRT. I cut the skirt at the knee and cut the remaining fabric into equal sized strips (ish)

I sewed & cut the skirt into a box shape that was the width of my hips

DARTS front and back of skirt! 🙂

Hemmed the bottom and sewed the outer edges to give the skirt more of a pencil shape. The skirt’s done! All that’s left is the peplum!

MINI TUTORIAL: PEPLUM. ok, this is lame, but this is the exact same thing I did for my paper bag skirt. Those strips from the bottom of the skirt? I opened them up, and sewed them, right sides together, on each side and that long left edge. Then I flipped it inside out.

So it’s a looooong strip, and I just gathered it on that raw edge! You remember how to ruffle fabric, right? 😉

Oh peplum, I love you already

I pinned it to the top of my skirt (right side facing out)

Then pinned my top/waistband to it and sewed it all down! Basically, it’s a sandwich: skirt, peplum, and waistband, with the right sides facing in. You can’t see in the pic, but the top is pinned and sewn on upside down

PART 3: FINISHING TOUCHES. I opened up the back and installed an invisible zipper. (super confusing! I had to youtube it, but pleased with how it came out :)). I also tapered the bottom corners in just a but.

And now I have a new peplum dress! 😀 The BEST thing is that when I sit down, the peplum covers my belly! So this dress is cute/fitted AND I can eat in it! YAY!

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