DIY: Old Shirt into New Dress

Today, I completed my favorite creation so far. I have this old Ann Taylor Loft shirt that was really cute (please excuse the lint).

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Then I put it in the dryer, and it shrunk too short. I haven’t worn it for 2 years, but I still didn’t have the heart to get rid of it. So, I realized that I could take some new material that I got and attach it to this shirt. Instant dress!

Step 1: I used the overcasting stitch (#8) to bind the hem. I love that I got to use the new foot attachment for this. I first got experience with it on my bed runner, and I loved it!

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The overcasting stitch joins “together seams and finish them in one operation.” As you will see, I still hemmed the skirt later.

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Step 2: I hemmed the skirt. I folded the bottom of the skirt twice to have a nice, small pretty hem.

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Isn’t that so pretty?

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Step 3: Now came the pleating, pinning, and sewing the skirt onto the shirt.

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Step 4: I connected the skirt together. Pin and sew!

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Step 5: Oops! The hem is not all the same length. I had to take some of the hemming out, re-fold, and pin.

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Step 6: Ew! Look at that unfinished seam! Time to bring back the overcasting stitch.

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Step 7: All done! Now, I got to pose in the mirror. Isn’t it cute? The jersey top is SOOOO comfortable, and I love the light nature of the skirt.

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I have another one of these shirts in pink. Now, I just need a coordinating skirt material to match.

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  1. Kathleen says:

    Creative idea, it turned out well! I think zebra print material would have complimented the black well too :-p

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