Friday, February 3, 2012

Curtain Turned Girl's Dress (WARNING: I'm NOT a seamstress!)

Seriously!  Stop NOW if you can sew.  Because I can't.  And you will see seriously bad stitching if you look closely!  But I don't know how to use a pattern (pretty sure I flunked that semester in Home Ec and left the class more than a few times in tears.  It was a pair of red plaid flannel shorts.  They actually turned out and I wore them a lot, but I think the seam ripper almost became permanently adhered to my hand during the process).  All that said, I found these curtains in a thrift shop the other day.  UGLY curtains.  But CUTE dress? At four curtains for just $2, I figured I'd give it a try.
There they are.  My junking partner that day  (uh ahem, Heather, ahem) strongly discouraged the purchase of these beauties, but I didn't give in to the pressure.  I had some vision going on and wasn't about to be swayed.

I wasn't totally sure how to go about this, but being the type that doesn't follow directions well, I just decided to wing it.  I found a cute dress in Tori's closet that I wanted to mimic, folded the curtain in half and cut around the dress.
Let's just say it's a good thing there were four curtains!!!!  Then I put the right sides together and sewed (tried to sew) the sides together.  I cut the straps into a long tube and using a trick my mother taught me from back in the early 90's when we loved making hair scrunchies, used a safety pin to turn them right-side-out.  I hand stitched them on because I didn't think my machine would handle all the thickness.

I made this flower with some scraps I had and put sewed a button in the middle to complete it.
I would have loved to have Tori model it for a picture, but that didn't happen, plus it was quite large on her!  Better big than small, it should fit her great this summer!  Can't wait!
Pin ItHow about you?  Do you still go to the fabric store for most of your fabric needs or do you find then in strange places like the curtain stash at Goodwill?  Or an old tablecloth?  How about a pillowcase like I once had my mom sew into a skirt for me?  It's still one of my favorite skirts!  (Unfortunately, I'm still trying to get off my extra Christmas pounds so I can get back into it).

Happy Friday, Ya'll!!!!!!  And Happy Crafting!!!

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  1. I'd say you did a pretty darn good job. Cute!

  2. Not a seamstress...yeah right! Great cute. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I think you did a good job on the dress, and good idea to 'recycle' fabric too! I hope she gets many happy hours of wearing her new dress. God Bless x

  4. I think you did great and the more you do it, the better you will get. Don't forget to look at stores like TJMaxx. I found the cutest ruffled cotton shower curtain for $5.00 that would have made a darling dress, but I used mine for a tablecloth. $5.00 and a little of your time and you've got something special.

  5. Aw that's waaayy too cute, it's adorable!

  6. What an adorable dress! Great way to upcycle those curtains!

  7. love it took a little of something and made into something beautiful. Thank you come see me at

  8. GREAT idea for the upcycle. Pretty little dresses. Environmental and inspiring.


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