So, I picked up this embroidered dress from a thrift shop, it was a bit snug but I thought "I'll slim down over the summer and it will look gorgeous!" Nahh no such luck!
Recycling an Old but Pretty Dress Into a Super Cute Top!
Once I removed the skirt I could see all the fabric I had to play with!
In some places the cotton thread had come unstitched, but it was an easy fix!
I tried a couple of cottons, initially I thought the embroidery was white but actually I found a closer colour match was the cream, so I carefully stitched over the gap in the embroidery!
Once I repaired the embroidery I cut the fabric into a little tank top.
I actually used a sewing pattern for the shape of the top, its the Merchant and Mills Gyo Top. But it would be super easy to make this top without a pattern, just measure round your bust and hips, cut a back and front bodice piece, half the measurement plus 1" seam allowance and two strips of fabric for the straps! Or you could trace the shape of a top which already fits!
So now I've got a super little summer top which fits me, made from someone else's discarded dress!
I'm so inspired by this and I really hope I've inspired you too!?
- I thought its a bit snug but I'm sure I can make this fit!? Yeah, we've all thought that, but after too much TV and biscuits I decided I had to give up and make it into a garment which would fit me now, not the person who "might fit into it in the future!"
- Cotton dress (Thrift shop)
- Cotton thread (Haberdashery)
- Merchant and Mills Gyo Top pattern (My stash or Haberdashery store)
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Annette on Jan 25, 2021
I did make a cute A-line style sleeveless dress out of a Hawaiian Shirt my husband bought in Key West. It came out really cute. (He had lost 180lbs after bariatric surgery and everything was way too big.) I had just never thought of "attacking" my own clothes in the same manner! Thanks!