As you have probably figured out, I’m not really a clothing sewer. Aside from a summer dress here and there for my girls, or a quick-fix alteration, I find it more practical and cost effective to purchase clothing at the store. I know – bad seamstress…well, maybe, but it’s just not my “thing”.
However…there are times in a Mommy’s sewing life that clothes sewing becomes a necessary thing to do.
Take this cute little dress I bought my daughter at Old Navy. She loved it dearly the second she put it on. Unfortunately the very first time she wore it she managed to get a green silly putty stain on it that does not wash out.
So much for the dress, right? Well, almost…..until I thought about it for a moment. My first impulse was to make a skirt out of it….simple enough, but my daughter likes dresses….so I though a moment longer and rummaged through her shirt drawer. The answer sat right there……I grabbed a white sleeveless tee from last summer and headed to my sewing studio to revamp the dress.
I am not kidding you when I tell you that this re-invention took an entire 15 minutes. Cut, pin, sew. Easy Peasy.
Here is how I did it:
I cut the dress at the ruffled seam line. I left the serged seam attached to the skirt part so I didn’t have to re-ruffle.
I cut the white shirt 1″ longer than the cut top of the dress to allow for seam allowance. Placed the two pieces right sides together and sewed.
I could’ve stopped there, but I wanted the dress to look more original, so I clipped off the ruffles on the sleeves. Why let good ruffles go to waste, right?
I pinned these directly under the existing finished armholes, centering them on the top seam.
I then used white thread to sew them in place. Since I cut the ruffles with the already serged seam allowance there was nothing left to do!
So, before you dump a stained article of clothing, put your thinking cap on and see what you come up with. Perhaps you can save the item in 15 minutes or less!