Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Simple Knit Skirt From a Huge Tank Top

I'm a sucker for two things.  Well maybe more than two, but I am for sure a sucker for the clearance rack at any store, and I'm also a sucker for knit skirts.

I found this gem of a find at Walmart for a buck.
It's a 5XL cotton/poly blend light-weight knit tank top.  I couldn't leave it there for $1.  Like I said, I'm a sucker.

I wanted to leave the original hem of the shirt intact, as I'm not really a fan of sewing knits, and I'm lazy. So I chopped off the top portion, right under the arm pits.

 I pinned down about an inch for an elastic casing, making sure to leave a couple of inches open to feed the elastic through.

 I sewed a zig-zag stitch, fed the elastic through, and sewed her up, and TA DA...
Missing part of my head...

Me.  The awkward model in a breezy knit skirt.
Super easy, cheap, comfy, and cool for the hot summer ahead.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Another Favorite Dress (rescued from donation)

I'm a slacker.  There, I've said it.  I have been doing projects, either forgetting to take pictures, or not posting the ones that I have.  Sigh.

I'm beginning to think that the princess has a borderline unhealthy attachment to some of her clothes.  She has a really hard time getting rid of her favorite pieces, even when they no longer fit or are full of holes.  This next dress fits both bills.  Granted it is a super cute little number from Gymboree, but alas, it is a size 6, and her 8 year old butt was hanging out of the bottom.  Not ok.  I didn't get any before pictures (of course), but what I did was pretty straight forward and simple.

I used an old black t-shirt to add about 4 or 5 inches to the bottom.  I made the strip longer than I needed and gathered it to make a little ruffle action.

Dress with added black ruffle.
Interior shot with screen printing from the t-shirt that I used.  It's on the inside, so I didn't think it would be a big deal.

 The appliques on the front are literally falling off, so I did a couple of quick repairs on those too.  She'll get another couple of months of use out of this one until she makes me come up with a miracle to keep it forever.

Thanks for stopping by!