Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WWW: ReFashion Girls Dress from a Garage Sale Find

Check out this black and white beauty I re-fashioned for my 6 year-old from a garage sale find!

WWW= What Widget Wore (in other words, what my daughter will wear)

My friends, I love a good deal! And when I found this sweet little dress at a garage sale for $2, I knew I could transform it into something wonderful for Widget.

Here is what I used:

  • Dress (mine was a garage sale find)
  • Thread Picker
  • Scissors
  • T-shirt (that fits your model)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread (matching)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Elastic Thread
  • Iron-on Adhesive Vinyl
  • Iron & Pressing Cloth
  • Ribbon/Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Broach Back/Safety Pin (found in jewelry findings)

I used my good ol' thread picker to undo the stitches attaching the tank-top to the skirt
Here is what it looked like from the right-side...
After pulling all the old threads out, I grabbed the t-shirt and sewed it to the skirt using two parallel rows of stitches and elastic thread in the bobbin--so that there was still some stretch available when pulling the dress on (or you could use a double needle and regular thread in the bobbin for similar results).
This is what it looks like on the right-side of the dress...

Once the shirt is attached to the skirt, I had to decide what to add as the finishing touches. I finally settled on the idea of adding a necklace to the shirt using iron-on adhesive vinyl. I found and purchased a shape in the silhouette store (mardi gras beads) and manipulated it to fit the shirt by making the shape much larger.
I followed this tutorial on how to cut my iron-on vinyl, and cut the shape with my Silhouette Cameo...but you could purchase a similar iron-on decal in a craft store, or cut one by hand...or use paint to make a necklace like this one.
I peeled the extra vinyl off my sheet, placed the decal onto the shirt positioning it to where I liked it. Remember to use a pressing cloth to iron on the vinyl, it helps to protect the vinyl backing sheet and your iron.
The dress finished:
I made a few broaches to jazz up the dress, but couldn't quite decide where to put them...
A striped bow and a teal rose....this was my final positioning (below)
One last picture of Widget sporting her new frock to church paired with her favorite black high-heels she purchased her self (also a thrifty find found at Savers).

Do you love garage sale-ing around your area? What are your favorite items to look for?

Want to see other re-fashions from garage sale or thrifty finds? Check out these other tutorials:

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