Step 5: Sewing the bodice: Option 1- elastic style
The best elastic for this project is from 3/4 to 1" wide.
First, use a tape measure to measure around your body above your bust, under your armpits (do not measure the fullest part of your bust)
This will be the upper edge of the bodice where the elastic goes.
Now cut a piece of elastic 2 inches shorter than this measurement. Set elastic aside.
On the top edge of the tube top, fold over a hem casing wide enough to contain your elastic.
Sew the upper hem, leaving about 2 inches open.
Attach a large safety pin to one end of the elastic, and thread the elastic through the casing.
Pulls the 2 ends of the elastic through the opening you left and sew them together.
Now finish sewing closed the opening.
At this point, the top will look more like a skirt, and in fact you can even wear it as a convertible skirt AND as a dress, when it's finished!
From the sleeves of one shirt, cut 4 long strips, each strip 2 inches wide.
Take one strip and fold it in half , the long way.. Sew it into a long tube with a half-inch seam allowance.
Now turn the tube inside out and press it flat.
repeat with all 4 straps.
Hem the raw edges of the straps, or tie a knot in one end of each strap. (this keeps the cut edge from unraveling)
Try on the tube top to choose the position for the straps.
You will sew 2 straps to the front and 2 straps to the back, and then tie them at the top of the shoulders.
Sew the straps to the inside, along the top edge.
These are convertible straps, you can untie them and tuck them into the top to wear a strapless look.
SKIP TO STEP 10: Attaching the skirt