I have never tried to alter clothing until now. I understand why everyone here loves to do this. It is much easier to alter clothes than to start from scratch. I will be making more of these because it was fun to design my own.
Step 1: Things I Used
I used basic sewing notations and a sewing machine. I sewed some things by hand because my machine won't sew some things. I used old jeans, a formal gown, a shirt, old 80's fabric, a dress, neck ties, inner tubes, snaps, and old buttons.
Step 2: Formal Gown To A Dressy Top
All I did for the formal gown is cut off the top of the gown and hemmed the bottom to make a dressy blouse. It was so quick and easy. The only sewing was to hand sew the bottom hem. It has a zipper in the back and it was fun to make.
Step 3: Blouse To A Cropped Vest
All I did was cut off several inches of the bottom of this shirt and hemmed it to make a cropped vest. I tucked the tip from a necktie in one pocket to give it a little color.