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Redesigned Dress

Well our house guest is gone, we're sad but it's nice to have Johnny back and a little peace.

I finally turned on my sewing machine yesterday. Hannah who is now 10 is growing out of everything. She is petite but she has broader shoulders so she grows out of the tops of dresses before anything else. I had this little dress sitting waiting to be given away when I realized that was still some use in it.
So I cut it on just below the bodice and redesigned it just a bit. I took the two pleats completely out and then I added two 1.5 in box pleats over the right leg. After steaming the pleats in place I added two little pink buttons at the top of each pleat. Finally I added an elastic waist band, all finished.
Hannah loves it and it's so long she'll be wearing it with her little pink sweater for some time.

Hey think about an item before you give it away, what part of it can be used to make something else. Oh yea and I used the little ties for the waist and using this pattern I made an elastic head band to match it.

Make sure to share your creations!

21 comments:

  1. What a great idea and the skirt turned out really cute! Great use of a talent that God has given you.

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  2. How creative! I love it-- thanks for telling us all about it!

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  3. I was thinking the same thing...great minds think a like. (Yeah right...it would have been in my "goodwill" bag long ago...I'm so glad we 'met', now I've got you to teach me all these neat things!)

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  4. Wow Tori! You are so creative and talented!!! That is an adorable skirt!

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  5. Tori, you did a great job on that. Keep up the good work. Thank you for your prayers for my sister in law. She is still recovering without any problems. Have a wonderful day. connie from Texas

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  6. What a great idea! And it's so cute.

    ~Kristi

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  7. How creative you are!!!

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  8. I'm so glad you "found" my blog, because now. I have "found" yours!!
    My internet filter has gone rogue on me and it won't load many of your images right now :-(
    Email me, please...I can't get your address either (normally, this message would have been in email form :)

    I love the skirt. One more thing we have in common!

    BTW, it's KJV for me too (although I like the AMP, too)!!

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  9. oh Tori, you are so clever. If I come over will you give me some lessons....
    I love this skirt...
    Deby

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  10. What a great idea! I'm afaid my sewing talents are limited, so it's a good thing I don't have girls at home anymore! When my girls were still at home, I found that second hand stores saved me having to sew!

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  11. Here's my email address proverbs4mom {at} aol {dot} com. It on my profile page, guess I'll have to put it on the sidebar...can you tell I'm new at this?!

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  12. Wow, that turned our really nice!

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  13. I never think of things like that. Thanks Tori.

    Sandy

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  14. Thats ADORABLE!
    I always do this when my daughter grows out of her dressed (they become too short) Then she has a skirt for awhile!!!!

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  15. Nice job on the skirt.

    I found you through Ashley's blog Absolutely His. It is great to see the work that you are doing in Croatia.

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  16. One of our second hand clothing stores had a bag sale, all you can get in the bad provided for 5.00. I had four bags, alot was ladies jumpers or dresses that I could re0do and make into things for my girls. This one is a great idea.

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  17. That turned out beautifully! I love that skirt! Great job.

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  18. Great job on this dress!!! Thanks for stopping by my little peddling place. You have so many blogs to choose from... I'll have to check the others out!

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  19. What a great idea! Sewing with plaids and matching plaids are not my favorite thing in the world; however, the skirt came out great!

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