Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tori's Dress Made From All Sorts Of Things

When I see anything with a ruffled edge in a thrift store, I buy it.  For the right low price, of course.  Pillow shams with a ruffled edge?  In the cart.  Bed skirt with a ruffled edge?  In the cart.  Curtains with a ruffled edge?  In the cart.  Men's underwear with a ruffled edge?  Okay, not even if they were free.

I've also been setting a stash of shirts aside so some day I could make Tori a ruffled dress by attached the ruffles to the bottom of it.  Well, with me and my sewing abilities...  I just kept putting it off.

Enter Melanie.  The college girl that is boarding with us this year.  She's not too shabby with a sewing machine!  (Me on the other hand.... let's not go there.) I basically handed her the shirt, pile of "thrifted ruffle stuff" and gave her a brief description of what I was hoping for.  Oh my wow.  She took the project home over spring break, and with the help of her sweet mom.... put together this beautiful dress for my daughter!!!

The shirt originally had some gauzy white bows, but they looked really chintzy so I took them off and added this shabby rosette by twisting a long strip of fabric around and around and sewing it on.

Tori's big brother adores her, can you tell? :)

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  1. You are a talented seamstress! That little dress is SO CUTE! Both kids are just darling!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  2. I love this! The creativity and how you put this together is awesome! Cute kiddos too!
    -Carole at GardenUp green

  3. Cute dress! I love how you reused the pillow sham and curtains to make such a lovely dress!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  4. That is seriously so cute, not to mention brilliant! Your kids are precious, she looks quite please with her new frills.

  5. What a clever idea and what a cute dress - pinned!

    I would love to see you at my #EmptyYourArchive link party this evening - it's a big combo of crafts & food plus parenting, play, blogging tips and lots more :-) Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  6. Wow, she did a great job!
    Love that first picture of the two kids!

  7. What an adorable idea! Saves all the tedious ruffling involved. And a great way to Upcycle. Thanks for sharing. Found you at Think Pink Sunday

  8. Soooo cute! I love it! I think I will try it...for me...giggle...giggle..

  9. This is absolutely adorable! I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post at Simply Creative Living on 4/9 if you don't mind.


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