Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Evening Sewing: Befores and Afters

A little preamble--Adam has a coworker who regularly gives us his children's old clothes. It has been awesome and I'm super grateful. However--I do not share their taste in dresses. I usually pass over the dresses and send them to Goodwill or save them for their fabric. A few days ago Adam came home with a big bag full of dresses. Here are a couple of them:
She's crying because she wants the camera, not because of the dress.
See what I mean? Not my style. There were seven of them, and for one thing, most of them are too short. They also were not stretchy at all, so getting them on Katrina was tricky, and getting them off was even harder. The thing is, Katrina really needs new dresses. Most of hers are too short. And since it's getting cooler, short sundresses really don't work. So I set out to take some of these dresses and alter them.

This one is fun because not only can it be used as a skirt, but it can be worn underneath some of her other dresses that are too short to extend their life.

Another beautiful skirt.
Next, I combined a dress with a shirt she had that is the right size, but too short. Before:


Infinitely better! And lastly,


And that's all of them! Aren't they fun? It was a surprisingly easy project and very gratifying. Tomorrow I will try them on her.

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Jolena said...

I like your taste better. :) Cute alterations! I just used a blind seam for the first time on a pair of maternity dress pants. Amazing. Wish I'd known about it years ago. lol

Story of our lives..... said...

Very cute and how creative of you. Yours are most definitely more stylish.

Taija said...

Wow! Nice job...they look MUCH better now! Cute!

Tasha's Life said...

That's awesome, Tori! You definitely need to move closer so you can teach me all your skills. :)

Cindy said...

Love the transformations. You're such a talented seamstres.

Jessica Sorensen said...

Those are truly amazing transformations.

Laura said...

those are all cute outfits now! Love it! It is amazing how taking off the collar and sleeves on that last one made it a totally different dress! Very cute!

KQuiltyBee said...

wonderful use of perfectly good clothes--awesome

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Wow, I'm impressed with your talent and creativity. Very nice.

Haylee said...

Great job.

p.s.phyllis sews said...

What a great way to change the dresses without worrying over the cost of any mistakes that might happen! Great job.

Karen said...

Great refashions!

Nina... said...

Wow! amazing! I especially like the t-shirt dress, very creative!

Carla said...

Wow they all look so pretty! You did an awesome job re-making these dresses.

amylouwho said...

ingenious! i especially like the last one.