Monday, September 7, 2009

It's Sew Easy

Some of you might not know that I LOVE to create things. I have a full range of hobbies that I enjoy so very much when I make the time to do them. I knit, crochet, sew, scrapbook (both the old fashioned way, and digitally), stamp, and so on. I don't do any of these as often as I'd like, but I do tend to go in spurts. I'll be all about knitting for awhile, then move on to scrappin', then something else. I always come back around to each of them over and over. It is good.

This summer, I got a bit excited about sewing again. Sometime last year I had seen a really cool idea that required de-constructing a men's dress shirt. I finally decided I had the time to throw at it. I had some ideas, but wanted a bit more inspiration. I began searching the Internet for something that would jump start my project. Through a series of twists and turns I landed over at MADE, a fabulous blog written by the lovely, Dana. I was so intrigued by her Shirt Dress, I decided to give it a go before venturing out on my own. All I needed was a men's dress shirt and some coordinating fabric.

My first attempt, while very adorable, it was a teeny tiny bit too small through the underarm area for the Sugar.

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BUMMER! I gave that little number to a younger friend at Daycare, and started again. I am VERY happy with my second attempt.

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Even though Sugar Bear wasn't much in the mood for pics the other morning. She REALLY does LOVE her new dress. We receive so many lovely compliments wherever we go.

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Used men's dress shirt from the Goodwill: $2.46
Random piece of fabric from my stash: $0.30
Elastic and thread: $1.00

ONE of a KIND darling little dress: PRICELESS OR LESS THAN $4 (depending on how you want to look at it.)

These dresses are the jumping off point. I have been sewing and crafting like crazy. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the outfit I made for "Back to school". I am so very excited about it.

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dana said...

adorable! Thank you for sharing with me! And wow, your photography is absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing that with all of us!
- dana

Janet said...

Precious, precious, precious! You're very talented!

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow! Look at you go! That is a great dress! I love it. So fun! Or should I say Sew Fun : )

Autumn said...

What a great idea! I love that first one with the little flower. Too bad it didn't fit. :(
The second one is darling too. I can't wait to see what she wore to the first day of school. :)

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

That's absolutely adorable! Your talents astound me!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I wish you were my neighbor. I'd be toting over lots of old men's shirts because I have a dress loving little girl.

Cute dresses!

Jeanette said...

My word, that's a clever idea!

Expat Traveler said...

How cool, what a great design and an even better look on your daughter!

Nap Warden said...

OMG...so awesome!!!

ispeakbeanish said...

Cute! Cute!

Have you seen this one?
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170402.0

If I had a sewing machine and had ever sewn more than straight lines before, I'd attempt one of these cute dresses for The Bean.

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Seriously... I want to buy one! How cute are these and I'm a terrible sewer. Ugh. Great job!

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