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What about that long-forgotten shirt dress in the wardrobe, or that old long T-shirt? Why not simply turn it into a feminine top with flounce?

All you need is a jersey top or dress, scissors, vanishing marker, measuring tape, straight pins, needles and sewing thread.

What to do:

Measure 55cm (21 3/4") down from front neck edge. Mark this level around the dress and cut here. Turn hem to inside and stitch it in place. Now measure 24cm (9 1/2") down from the neck edge. Here, measure 1.5cm (5/8") and 5cm (2") to right and left of center. At these positions, lay fabric in pleats, each 1cm (3/8") deep, toward center front. Stitch pleats in place. Measure the new circumference just below the bust. On the piece which was cut off (flounce), measure approx. 20cm (8") up from lower edge, trim it here, and finish cut edge with zig zag stitching. Cut flounce to match the new circumference plus 10cm (4") (for two inverted pleats in front). Stitch flounce edges together, to form a ring. Lay inverted pleats in flounce piece. Sew flounce to marked line, right sides facing.

Happy Sewing!

4 Comments

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    Sep 30, 2012, 10.05 PMby Anniemollison

    love it. I have been thinking about doing this for a while, now I will give it a go.

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    Sep 26, 2012, 09.27 AMby jadealamode

    will definitely have to try this out..love it

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    Sep 25, 2012, 05.52 PMby cheryl101red

    Love it!

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    Sep 24, 2012, 02.24 AMby Dianne Mead

    You could also add a wide band of ribbing to the cutt off skirt section to wear as a boob tube dress of skirt on the hips with mid length top to match. Add some trim to the skirt and top to tie the two pieces together.

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