I love dresses.
I wear dresses probably 6 days out of the week. It's not that I one day just decided to wear dresses to feel cute and girly. Far from it. I spend a lot of time sitting at home, knitting, crocheting, painting. I also spend a lot of time in the car traveling across the country. I absolutely hate the feel of jeans around my knees.. Ugh. The thought of it makes me grumpy.
Dresses are so comfortable, I can sit around the house and feel comfortable and cute. That's the best.
The only problem.. they are expensive! Now.. to me, 19.99 is expensive. I told you. I'm cheap. So I started making my own dresses, and skirts, for under 6 dollars each!
Here is a tutorial on a High Waisted Dress:
For under 6 bucks!
Step 1: What You Need
I got mine from Walmart for 2.50
You could also use a t-shirt
3 yards of matching fabric.
Clearance section is my favorite. I got three yards for 3.00 total!
Step 2: Make the Cut
(I cut mine a little too short.. oops!)
Step 3: Sewing It Up
I never measure, I never use patterns... Sorry if this seems silly!
Next you fold your fabric in half. Remember it's already folded, so you are folding it again, creating a skirt. Sew up the short side. (There will be four layers of fabric that you are sewing.)
Step 4: Making the Ruffles
(You are sewing the raw edges, not the bubble hem)
This is where I didn't get pictures.. awesome.
We are going to create a ruffle. Don't do a back stitch when you start sewing around the skirt or after.
Make sure the skirt ruffles are evenly distributed and pretty loose.
Step 5: Sewing the Top to the Bottom
Next you will pin the tank top and the dress together.
Once it's pinned make sure that the tanktop part of the dress folds out to be inside out like the skirt part.
Make sure that the tank top park lays flat and the skirt part is ruffled still.
Make sure your tension is set back to normal and sew the skirt and the tank top together just under the previous stitches.
Step 6: Almost Done!
Step 7: The Finishing Touch!
Turn it right side out and finish up the edges, and you are done!
The sash is not actually sewn onto the dress, it's removable and is just tied in the back. You could always use a regular belt or another coordinating fabric for the belt!
Step 8: Finished!
It cost about 6.00 total.
I now have three of these dresses.
They look good with a cardigan, and a pair of tights or leggings.