Yesterday I was lamenting the lack of sundresses in my closet and the lack of budget in my wallet. I have one super cute sundress I picked up last week at a thrift shop but it’s too short (I thought I would be able to get over this but alas at 35 it just doesn’t feel right to have my ass hanging out). I had all of this in mind when I popped into the Goodwill this morning.
Since it has been 80+ degrees in March, everyone is purging the Winter side of their closets. Lots of cute sweaters and blouses but nothing summery. So what’s a girl to do? Well, she gets out her sewing machine!
Using this tank dress as inspiration, I purchased 3 skirts (The tutorial has you make a skirt. I essentially skipped this step by using a skirt) and headed home to get to work! Because if it didn’t work out I would only be out $2.99 and about an hour’s worth of time.
Blue and white polka-dot skirt
~ Thrift store buy $2.99
~ Pulled from a drawer – originally purchased at Walmart
I tried on both pieces to decide the length of the finished dress and where I wanted the waist to fall. While still wearing the tank I marked with a fabric pen where to I wanted the top of the waist to be. I wasn’t overly concerned with being precise because I plan on either belting the dress or creating a sash of some sort to cover the seam.
I trimmed the tank allowing plenty for the seam allowance – I even trimmed it again after the below photo was taken and evened up my line (eek!). Since the skirt is a size 16, I stretched the snot out of the tank to get it to line up the way I wanted. Pinning the pieces together took the most amount of time. I was very conscious of the existing seems of the tank and skirt lining up.
I used the waistband on the skirt as a guide and stitched from one side of the zipper to the other. Now for the moment of truth…
I will admit the dress looks a bit wonky on the hanger but I am thrilled with the fit! The seam at the waist could be better but for a first attempt, I am excited!
Wide black stretch belt
Long necklace with black stone
White leather sandals
~ Kino – handmade in Key West
I’m so excited that my foray into thrift store repurposing was a success! I have 2 more skirts (see the material below) and the confidence to tackle my closet with needle and thread!
Project Runway here I come!