I needed to make a dress inexpensively and fast. Thus was born: How to make a dress quickly and easily when all you have is just enough fabric for the skirt part (and that has to be pieced together) and an inexpensive pattern.

1st: Go to the thrift store and get a couple of nice pullover, knit or stretch knit shirts that you like. Make sure they go down to at least and inch or so above your pelvic bones. Wash it.

Step 1: The Fabric Preparation.

Get your pattern (something super simple) and set it aside. Sew the fabric scraps together lengthwise with the grain (knitwise). For this, I sewed 3 strips of floral print stretch knit fabric that were 36 inches long, together for the front and I sewed 2 pieces together for the back.

<p>Very Nice!</p>
Great idea for &quot;upcycling&quot; available fabric and clothing items. Really appreciate all the detailed tips for <br>matching up seams. And other hints to help out the not-so-skilled seamstress-tailor. I like adding elastic at the waistline aa a quick fix for altering clothes to fit better. On your dress, maybe could create seam at bottom of shirt for threading through 1/2&quot; width elastic. (If have more material or use skirt from an old dress, could cut the shirt higher up for an empire waist line). The elastic gathering would help hide the seam break (and color/pattern shift) between shirt and skirt. Would like to see your Instructible ideas for upcycling an old shirt and old dress by combining the two clothing items. Maybe adding bits and pieces of the dress top to the shirt for additional detailing and coordination. AGAIN, LOVE YOUR INSTRUCTIBLE IDEA AND DETAILED CONSTRUCTION TIPS!
<p>Love it! 1 to 2 hours, going to stitch a dress for tonight's Valentine's dinner date. I try to remember to post pics.</p>
I love this idea!! It's the SMART way to make a dress, not lazy at all. haha
Awesome! This seems like a great idea, I'm sure I have patterns somewhere!!
this is really cool! wow!! i wish i was that good :)
WOW That's excellent!! you are a great model, and your work is tres magnifique!
I like it a lot! I am jealous! Haha just kidding. But still, very nice job, I bet many people out there love this, great Instructable.

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