There's a group of crafty individuals out there that are using old thrift store clothes and turning them into useful, cute clothes. I wanted in, but I can't sew. That is until now. All summer long I've been learning how to sew; on my own with no teacher. There are a lot of tutorials on the internet for this. Obviously I'm still a beginner, so I've had a major learning curve to overcome. Here's a couple of the dresses I've made so far.
This dress intrigued me with its pattern. No they are not strawberries. The pattern of the fabric just put me in a good mood. This was a very large dress and I am a very small person, so I had plenty of fabric to use. Oh and it cost only $2.50!
This is the dress I ended up making. I used a pattern from Patterns.com. This pattern was only 99 cents to download but it was written in Russian! Did I mention that learning curve? I had no instructions to work with but I stuck with it. I'm a trooper I tell ya.
I'm pretty happy with the results. Not too shabby for an absolute beginner.
How about this little gem here ladies and gentlemen?
This next dress started out as a man's shirt from The Gap. I liked the light green pattern and the material was cotton. You can't go wrong with cotton when making a summer dress. This shirt cost a whole $2.50.
This is the final summer dress I came up with. I kept the button details and the shirt tails. By the way, I used a free online Burda pattern. Check out Burdastyle.com. They have tons of free downloadable patterns for all levels of sewing competence.
I love the back of this little dress! Seriously check out Burda Style. They have really up to date fashion patterns.
I also made this skirt out of a HUGE one I found at Goodwill. Cute no? The skirt was FUGLY! Sorry I forgot to take a before pic. Basically I took the original skirt apart and added a contrasting band from a pair of slacks my husband thought he threw out. Honest I'm not a hoarder.
My mother asked me why I wanted to sew when store bought clothes are so cheap. I told her the satisfaction of "I made this" can't be bought. Am I right?