Dress to Top

Hello Readers. Spring has sprung. I am so happy to be able to wear lighter weight clothes and not need a coat anymore. Yay to warmer weather! Warm weather means pretty fun shirts and tops. I was thinking of pretty tops when I saw this hand-me-down dress. It got me thinking. I could use the boxy shape to make a cool top with a loose fit.

This dress was light weight and I loved the design along the hemline. I loved the blue color too. The dress was a little boxy and shapeless. It wasn't a terrible dress, it just made me want to make it into a loose fitting top.

I got to work cutting this pretty blue dress. The best part was the design at the hem so that is what I wanted to save. I cut it off and cut out the middle of the dress. I would not need the middle of the dress for this new top. 


I tried to figure out how long I needed my pieces to be before I cut them all up. I wanted a shorter length top to wear with jeans that had a high waist. (I didn't want a cropped length that would show my stomach. I am 48 and I have had 3 kids. My extremely pale stretch-marked tummy is my business.) When I say "cropped" I just mean shorter than a regular t-shirt. If you wanted to make a shorter or longer length just adjust your measurements to get the length you want. 


I used my sewing machine to connect the 2 pieces. It was a fast easy project. I was happy with how this new top turned out. This was a quick and easy project. Thanks for reading along, you can see more at my blog, ICanWorkWithThat.blogspot.com

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  • Gee Cee Gee Cee on Sep 16, 2021

    Thanks for the great idea...but I never thought of cutting the dress to get that lovely boarder design onto the new shirt ☺️👍☺️

  • Chris Chris on Jul 11, 2022

    You've inspired me to take a too short dress and cut off the bottom to make the bottom into a skirt (as I like the material).


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