Thrifty Thursday via Pinterest and a big ol Thank You!Thursday, July 18, 2013
First off a big ol' thank you for all your wonderful comments on my cherry Bombshell! I so enjoy reading each of your comments, it's my drive. My phone was exploding at work that day with blogger notifications. I feel so loved :) I have yet to wear it in a pool, soon though. A friend invited me to go swimming next week. Maybe I'll test in out in the bathtub first, splash around like a duck and give it a good once over before I put it to the true test.
I don't have a thrift store remake to share but it is thrifty and that counts cuz it cost me zero dollars. I've had this dress tutorial pinned on one of my Pinterest boards for long, long time. You know how you pin stuff, "Oh that's cute" - pin it..."Hey I can make that" - pin it... "I'll try this out over the weekend" - pin it... "ooh that looks yummy" - pin it..."ooh look a puppy!" - pin it...and then you forget it. Yes I'm a Pinterest whore.
All you need to make this dress is a tank top, fabric, thread, and a couple hours. I happened to have all thee above so was on my merry little way one evening. I used an old tank top of my own. I don't know about you but you can never have enough white or black tank tops. I'm a w-hoarder as well. The skirt fabric was from my leftover stash from a dress I made here. You'll need enough to wrap around yourself one and a half times.
For more detailed instructions, pics and the brains behind the operation please follow the tutorial here. I'm just gonna give you a quick run through of how I did it. First I tried on my tank and marked where I would like it to end on my waist and added about 1/2 inch for seam allowance, then cut the tank it half. (taking it off of course, doh!). Next wrapped my fabric around myself 1 and a half times and cut off the excess. Pinned what is to be the back seam right sides together and sewed and serged. Next took one end of my skirt tube and did gathering stitches along the top. The tutorial suggests using elastic thread in your bobbin. Once you start sewing your fabric will automatically start gathering. I didn't have any so I just did the normal gathering method. Turn your skirt wrong side out, slip tank top inside the skirt hole, right sides together, matching the raw edge to your gathered edge. Adjust your gathers to fit the tank, pin and sew. Then I serged. I really wanted a maxi dress but I didn't have quite enough so I cut it off just above my knees. I serged the end of my skirt and used the awesomeness that is steam a seam to fold my hem and topstitched in place.
Vito says "Nice dress and all by hey it's hot out here!..When are we going in?"
"Screw this I'm going in, you can find me on the A/C vent"
"But first I gotta pee"