Polly Princess Inspired Thrift Flip

Mo Muzzey
by Mo Muzzey
8 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I attempted two thrift flips! I was inspired by a dress and shirt from Polly Princess so I found two old pieces I had at home and got to work! I am so excited about the Polly Princess inspired pieces that I now get to add to my wardrobe!

Tools and materials:

  • T-shirt
  • Dress
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
DIY Princess Polly tops

To make the Polly Princess inspired top, I would be taking this cropped tee and refashioning it.

Thrift flip an old dress

This dress is what I would be thrift flipping to get the Polly Princess inspired dress. I couldn’t wait to add the new dress to my wardrobe and, to be honest, get rid of this old dress. 

Sew a Princess Polly top

The top 

To kick off the first thrift flip, I turned the top inside out and started marking with a ruler and some chalk. 

Cut the fabric

After a ton of measuring and marking, I could finally start snipping away at the T-shirt. I made a slit right down the middle and also cropped the top. 

Make a Princess Polly top

Upon further inspection, I realized that the neckline was too round so I made more of a v shape. I then went ahead and started pinning a tube along the inner edges of the top from one end, around the neckline, to the other side. I went ahead and sewed that tube in place. 

Cut a tie

Next, I did some quick cutting to make a tie out of the scrap fabric. 

How to sew a Princess Polly top

I then went ahead and thread the tie through the tube and the top was complete! 

Cut the dress

The dress

So to get started on the dress, I just cut the ruffled bodice off of the rest of the dress. 

Trace a bikini top

To make the cups for the new dress, I used a swimsuit top as a pattern. I pinned it down and cut out the fabric with some added seam allowance. 

Sew together

When it was time to sew, I sewed, wrong sides together and it gave me a really nice finish. I went on to realize that the grain of the ruffles was going different directions on each cup but I decided it would give the dress a little character and just went with it. 

Trace a dress

I used a dress I had in my closet as a pattern. I traced it, pinned it, and then moved on to sew. After I had finished with the seams, I cut off the excess fabric. 

Sew on the cups

Next, I went ahead and sewed on the cups

Finish the dress

At the back, I decided to pin and create a tube that I would thread elastic through. Once I had secured the elastic, all that was left to do was attach the straps and hem the dress.

How to make a Princess Polly top

The reveal 

I am so happy with this top! It's perfect for the summer!

Princess Polly clothing

Princess Polly thrift flip

The dress turned out way better than I expected. I am loving the bright, fun colors! Which piece would you make? Let me know in the comments!

Suggested materials:
  • T-Shirt
  • Dress
  • Scissors
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