Up Cycle – Elsa and Anna dress

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So emily had this dress she loved – when she put it on I realised it was officially too small, just in length. She didn’t want to let it go so I told her I could up cycle it to a skirt and top so here is my little tutorial on how I did it.

 

Started with this:

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I was super lucky with this dress as it already had elastic at the wast, so to create the skirt I just cut it off from the top.

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Here you can see it really was too small for Emily.

 

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First part finished product – happy child

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So the top part was a little harder and to be honest I’m not as happy with the top as I am with the skirt but we’ll give it a go for a while – if need be I can up-cycle it again.

 

So the bottom of the top was all wonky, first step was to cut it so it was totally even.

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Next I measured up a piece of fabric same width of the top and double the length that I want the finished cut to be. The I needed to sew or overlock along the short open edge with right sides of fabric together. So you end up with a tube.

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Once sewed fold together wrong sides together.

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Next, with the top inside out put the fabric “tube” you just made inside the top so right sides are touching and then pin together in at least 4 points – I do sides and middles. So you will have 3 layers of fabric to sew together (2 from the tube and one from the top).

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And sew. *this is the same technique I use when sewing cuffs and neckbands on.

 

To finish I pull the overlocker threads back through themselves and then cut.

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Finished result:

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I also top stitched the join with a twin needed (you can see that in the modelled pics), you don’t have to top stitch but the top was quite wavy and I was hoping it would flatten it out (it did a little).

 

So if you have anything in your cupboard that could do with a little upgrade why not try and do it yourself, you may end up with a whole new outfit.

 

Let me know what you think and if you like this tutorial please share <3 <3 <3

 

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