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So I read that red was supposed to be a hot color (pardon the pun!) for the summer.  I picked this up at the Salvation Army thinking to be in style, but I hate maxi dresses.  (I look like a drowned rat in them!)  Time for some restyling.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I was perusing the mall … and came across this cute little top at NY & Company. That chain is so cute!!

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

I had to have it.  So I cut the top of my dress off and then sewed up the side, leaving some room for the armpits.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Ironed out the top to make a tube.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

And now we sew the tube together, on both sides.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

The dress came with little ties, so I used those for the two tubes, feeding them through with a safety pin.  I made sure to pin the ends together.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Using some hemming tape, I measured the chain strap length.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Sew the chain into place.  So the peasant-part would come upraveled (embarrassing moment, anyone?!?!), I also sewed the ends, where the chain meets the tie, to the tube part.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

The shirt would have been done now, but I want it to poof a little.  So I sewed that hemming tape to the inside near the bottom of the shirt.

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Fed an elastic through, tied up all the loose ends (no pun!) and here we are!

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Turned out great!  Here’s Joseph and Lex!

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Final:

Refashioning a peasant top from a dress #upcycle #refashion #sewing http://www.upcycledfashionista.com

Let me know what you think in the comments!!


Go take a peek at my Upcycled Fashionista Pinterest Board.  I also have two companion boards - Free Sewing Patterns Board and Sewing Tips.  See you there!

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