Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pillow case tank/dress

I have been seeing quite a few of recycled pillow case tanks/dresses online and I wanted to give a version a try.  The pictures that I did take weren't very good.  I need to stop using my cell camera for these.  

Like the tote bag post, I found these pillow cases at a local thrift shop for a quarter.  I brought them home and washed and dried them before doing anything else.  At the closed end, I cut two-one inch or so strips that would eventually become my straps.  

I set those aside for later.  I folded the case lengthwise in half and cut a reverse "J" shape through all layers for the armholes.  

I folded all sides of the armhole over twice, pinned and ironed then sewed into place.

I then folded both the front and back inside about two inches to allow for the strap, ironed then sewed.

Setting aside the main piece, I sewed the first strips cut into one long strip.  I folded it in half, right sides together, and sewed the entire strip into one long tube.  

The worst part of the entire top is turning that long tube right side out.  I then sewed the ends down so they wouldn't unravel and fed it through the top then back of the top.  Once fitted, I tied the strap into a bow over one arm.  I have thought of several different ways I'd like to try this top and some various ways to wear it.  If I try more of these styles, I'll be sure to post them here.

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