Refashion - From Duvet into 2 Dresses10:35 AM
I purchased a beautiful twin size duvet from GoodWill for $5.99. I LOVED the colors and thought they'd make a great dress.
|Cheapo duvet from the charity shop|
I used one of a favorite dresses as a pattern. First I cut the top.
|Cut pattern from an old dress|
|Cut 2 - from and back|
Then I cut the skirt.
|Cut 3 skirt panels. Use 4 for a super full skirt|
Turns out the top was a little too snug so I make a shirred panel for the back.
|I added a shirred panel to make the dress top bigger.|
The original dress had a shirred panel in the back and I failed to consider that when cutting the dress. No matter, making a shirred panel was quick and easy! We'll cover shirring later in this post.
I put all of the pieces together to complete the dress. I did a LOT of fixing and editing along the way. I ended up cutting the arm holes bigger and i changed the neckline from square to sweetheart. The original dress was WAY too short, so I cut a long panel to lengthen the dress. All in all i'm pleased with the result.
For the second dress I cut a strip of fabric big enough to fit around my chest. I added a few inches because shirring makes things smaller.
MAKING A SHIRRED TOP:
|Shirred Top Dress|
|Elastic thread ($2.49 at the fabric store)|
Hand roll the elastic thread onto a bobbin.
|Hand wind your bobbin|
|Load as usual|
Hem the top of the panel to be shirred (with regular thread). Using the elastic thread bobbin, begin sewing shirred lines.
|Be patient and keep sewing|
|It takes a few rows before it looks right|
A few lines in it begins to look ok. Keep sewing.
|Fully shirred panel|
Before you know it you have an entire shirred panel! But wait - you're not done yet!!!
You'll need to wet the panel so that it can contract.
|Wet the shirred panel|
I wet the panel in the sink and allowed it to drip dry. (Use could also toss it in the dryer). While the panel dried, I made and hemmed simple skirt. I also added a few bright pink embellishments to the skirt.
|I added a bit of color to an otherwise plain skirt|
One the top dried, I sewed it to the skirt.
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Photo credits to my very grumpy 10 year old was is thoroughly unimpressed with my desire to use him as a photographer.