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I made a 4th of July outfit a few days ago, but I wasn’t feeling it.  It came out pretty nice, but I felt I could come up with something more festive for our Independence Day.  So when I found these two plain white t-shirts on sale at the Goodwill the other day, I came up with a flash of inspiration for a refashion.  Since they were on sale, they both cost $1.50.  Tie-Dye, here I come!

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I wanted to create some swirly designs with the colors, which is the closest that I know to making stars.  So I twisted the fabric around and secured with elastic.

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Here’s the finished “tie” part.

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Since I’m using a small bowl, rather than a large bucket, I picked up something different than I normally use.

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First part, put in the red. Set the timer for 45 minutes.

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Turn it over and then comes the blue.

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They came out awesome!!

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The first part is to make the wrap-like part, so I took out a bra for measurement.  Using underneath the sleeve as a guide for the bra curve, I measured a healthy amount and marked it with my blue marker.  Sorry, it kind of blends in with the blue of the fabric.

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Cut it straight across.

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Now, I took off the sleeves just inside the sleeve hem.

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Cut the top apart.

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And now, the sides.  This will create a front piece and a back piece.

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Using my bra as a guide again, I made a mark to where the top of it would be.  As I later found out, you want to be pretty generous with this.  I “made” it at the final dress product, but I could have given myself another half of an inch to two inches.  So, be generous with your seam allowance.  If I had to do it over again, I would say at least two and a half inches from the bra top.  (Here is more like an inch and a half.)

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Next, fold the front part in half, and cut from the mark you just made to the center of the fold.

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Then, measure to your bra.  You will need to hold it up to your chest several times to get it correct.

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Now I sewed some bias tape to the edges, starting with the outside curve.

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And now the inside triangle.  Make sure to keep a long tail for the dress strings.

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Cut the top off of the back piece just above the curve of the sleeve.

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And measure the front pieces to the back piece to make them the same width and height.

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Making a lettuce hem, use the markings on the back as a guide.  You can’t really see it, but I put a postie note on the right hand side of my machine to make a guide line for the sewing machine.

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Cut out the back at the blue markings.

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And cut the lettuce hem off.

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Turn material inside out (the outsides, or the good sides facing together).  Be sure to line the lettuce hem up with the bias tape.

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Sew them together.

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Using the other top, I made a rectangle using most of the t-shirt.

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Turned the sides inside out and sewed them together.

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I now cut a piece of elastic right underneath my breast, just slightly smaller.

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Sewed the ends together.

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And then I sewed the two parts of the dress (the wrap-top part and the rectangle-bottom part) onto opposite ends of the elastic.  Make sure that the right sides face each other, or in other words, inside out.

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I attached it in a similar manner that I attached the elastic to make a skirt top.  This elastic was smaller in width than the one I use for skirts.  Be sure to streeeeeeeetch the material on the one side being fed into the machine, but not the other.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t make my bias tape long enough to go to the back. :(  So I enlisted the help of my husband, who marked the back of the dress for me at my bra straps, and then I sewed on another long piece to make a tie.

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I didn’t like the hem of the bottom of the t-shirt, but if you want to stop that this point, it is perfectly hemmed.  I cut it off and made a lettuce hem on the bottom, too, because t-shirt material often has an annoying way of stretching out when you wear it.

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One final piece, I sewed along the back-top with an elastic thread, so that it made it elastic-y, since I was not entirely happy with the way the lettuce hem worked out there.

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And here are some pictures:

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A closeup of the top, along with my mother’s fabulous vintage seed-bead flag purse.

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And a closeup of the bottom.

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Here’s the back.

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And the final:

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Let me know what you think in the comments!!


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