Making a Top from a Dress!

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Here I am, looking totally awkward and not sure how to stand (and I think the result may be that I look a bit accidentally smug) in my new Tshirt, that I made from an old maxidress!

I had this dress, all silky and sunny, made from gorgeous fabric. I bought it about 6 years ago, I wore it once. Once, and a photo was taken of me in it. I looked pregnant, pasty and podgy. I was not a fan. Ever since, when I go to put on the dress again, I saw that it just didn’t suit me. I kept it for a while, thinking that one day, when I’m thinner and tanned on holiday somewhere, it will look amazing. Well I’m still waiting for that day and to be honest, it depresses me every time I look at it.

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So I decided to hack it up and turn it into something I will actually wear. In fact, I managed to get two items out of it – a top for me and a dress for Amelie. Whoop! I’ll cover the dress for Amelie in a later post, and just show you how I turned the dress into a top for now. Oh, and sorry about the quality of these pics, the dress was too big for my board and I haven’t done my floorboards yet!

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You will need:

  • A long non-stretch dress (or about 1m fabric)
  • Non stretch simple T-shirt (for a template)
  • tracing/parchment paper

1. Start by hacking off the top of the dress and cutting down the seams to give 2 nice sized panels of fabric.

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3. Take a (non stretch, dart free!) t-shirt to use as a template. Fold in half lengthways and place it onto some parchment paper. Draw around it – including the front neckline.

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4. Add a 2cm seam allowance all the way around the template (apart from down the middle). Pin it on the fold of the fabric and cut out to make the front panel.

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5. Repeat for the back, except this time keep the neckline flat across rather than scooped:

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  1. Press and pin the neckline of both panels under twice by 5mm and sew along the inside fold.

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7. Pin the panels right sides together at the shoulders, making sure the 2 necklines are neatly lined up. Sew with a 2cm seam allowance along the shoulders.

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  1. Open up the top. Fold the sleeves under by 5mm as before and sew along the inside fold to create a nice neat edge.

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  1. With right sides together, pin and sew the side seams. Trim the edges with pinking shears (or serge if you have one!)

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That’s it! Here is the dress with mt T shirt hacked out the centre!

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I’ll share how to make a little girl’s dress with the remnants soon if you’re interested too.

Tia x

 

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