So for me this summer has all been about the hot weather and sewing. So I decided to sew something for this challenge. I actually refashioned a dress for this challenge, because this year has been all about refashioning also. :)
Take a look at what I began with... a very large flowered dress from goodwill just $1. Loved the fabric, hated the mom dress/mumu. I could work with the fabric. Also a plus, the material was light and airy. A plus for this heat! Sorry this is not much of a tutorial!
I decided to use the fabric on the bottom to make like a strapless flowy top. I cut 17 inches from the bottom off, then another 5 inches to create a ruffle. I hemmed the ruffle, then pinned it right side ruffle to wrong side top. I sewed a narrow seam b/c I did not have a lot to work with length wise (d'oh!). Then I flipped the ruffle over so the right side of ruffle was right side with fabric. I sewed about 1/2 from the top b/c I was making a casing for elastic.
I looped some elastic through and sewed it together. Next was sew down the back center of the top to finish it. I did not need to hem b/c the bottom part was already a hem! ;) There was some forthought here.
I then used one of the side ties to make a neck tie by finding the center of the top and tacked it down by hand. Poof done! :)
Now I still have the top portion of the dress that I am trying to decided what to do with. Currently on the back burner. But this top symbolizes my summer 2011- hot refahsion sewing! ;)
Can't wait until next challenge for iron craft!