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My friend gave me these three long summery dresses.  I love them, but I also hate dresses.  Actually, I hate skirts too, but dresses even more.  There was a time when all I did was wear dresses like these, so I was pretty stoked to get them.  Until they sat in the back of my closet, for like, years.  Time to remake them into something that I’ll wear!

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I decided to play around with the blue one.  I’m going to make myself a shirt.

Lop that puppy right off!

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The strings had to be cut off too, since there wasn’t any point for them anymore.  Here’s the extra material … hmmm … I’m thinking another tutorial is coming up.

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Hemming the bottom is easy since this is cotton.

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But it needs some fusible interface because the hem frayed almost right away.

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Oh, so gorgeous!  Here is Lex modeling the shirt for me.

And this week from around the blogs, I spotted another tutorial about shortening things called How to Shorten a Top Without Hemming.  It says without cutting or hemming, but then the instructions tell you to cut the material, so … yeah.

The web site is worth a look around.  The tutorial are fabulous and the pictures are even better.  She has a pretty nifty style, even though I don’t love everything she does.  (She also needs to learn how to spell, but that is just a blogging pet peeve of mine!)

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How did the shirt turn out?

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