Random eclectic dress

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First I laid out the fabric I planned on using and cut them in increasing increments. Like the title says, eclectic!

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1: Here I took a tshirt, and measured just under bust line with chalk. 2: Set the first layer of fabric on top to make sure it was wide enough. 3: The stack of all the other fabric layers. 4: Set the second layer just to make sure.

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1: With right sides together, I put the first layer over the shirt to check placement (after having sewn the seam together for the first layer). 2: Ran a gather stitch on the top of the first layer, gathered it only Slightly, and placed in on the shirt, again right sides together.  3+4: Pin pin pin! And sew it on!

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Here’s it turned inside out. (Chalk mark easily comes off, don’t worry)

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I didn’t trim the shirt underneath yet, since I need some length still.

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With it turned right side out, I did a second stitch about an inch and a half from the first stitch, creating a casing for elastic. I made a guide so that it would be even all the way around. And left about an inch gap at the back to thread the elastic through.

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Once the casing was done, I trimmed the tshirt with about 2 inches of allowance for good measure.

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1: Made a hem add small as I could on each layer (obviously having sewn together each layers sides together). 2+3: Placed each layer on the layer before it, literally layering them hehe. 4: I did a 6 inch gap between each one so that the total length would be long enough for my shortness. The gaping can be adjusted for desired dress length.

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With a gather stitch on each layer, I gathered it enough to make it for the previous layer, sewing it on to the layer. (2 shots showing the gathered layers, and all the layers sewn on.)

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With it inside out, I then trimmed of the excess fabric off each layer. It makes it fit much easier once trimmed, believe me.

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I then hemmed the bottom layer to complete all the layers.

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On the tshirt, I trimmed of the neck and sleeve hems.

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I then ran a short gather down the middle of the neck, cinched it, and stitched over the gather to keep it in place.

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Here I took two pieces of ribbon, cut a small hole in the shoulder, and tied up the sleeves. Cute widdle bows!

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And tada! Dress is complete! With an added belt for looks. Doubt I’ll wear it out of the house though. Mostly just fulfilled my need to create something.  🙂

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