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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Seven Dollar Dress

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With those Joann's coupons anything is possible. I made a new church dress for only seven dollars!

+1 yard of fabric ($4)
+1 yard 2'' belt elastic ($3)
It looks just like a shirt tucked in a skirt, but the best part of this is no more running into the restroom to tuck in your shirt every time you bend over.
No I didn't come up with this myself (I would love to claim it though). This is where the idea originated (Elle Apparel), but this is the place I first stumbled across it (Mommy by day... Crafter by night).

I did notice that neither tutorial tells you the proper way to hem a dress/skirt.  
In this tutorial, I will just pick up on where they left off.

Follow Elle Apparel's and Mommy by day's tutorials on how to put together the dress.  
I will just be showing how to hem.

Begin by trying on your dress/skirt and mark with a pin where you want the final length to be.
Take off dress and lay it on the ironing board.

I measure the distance from the pin to the bottom of the skirt with my seam gauge.
 I then mark a line with my Mark-B-Gone pen at that location and work my way around the entire skirt (about 1 inch apart from each other).

Now measure 1.25 inches down from the line that you just made. (This will be where you will be cutting off.) Do this around the entire skirt just as you did in the step above.

Begin cutting along the line that you just made.

Iron the bottom of the skirt up 1/4'' all the way around.

Now iron the bottom up 1'' or to the first line that you marked on the skirt.

Find on your sewing machine the hem stitch that looks like mine (#7).
Fold back the fabric like I did and begin stitching with your hem stitch.

Align your presser foot so that the fabric, to the left of the fold, barely gets caught by the needle.

This is how the stitch should look when finished.
You can see that the zig-zag just barely caught the fabric.

The front of the skirt will look like this. 
You can see the stitching close up, but when it is on you can't see it.  
This hidden hem helps the bottom of a skirt/dress lay and hang very nicely.

Mist the bottom of the skirt where all the little blue marks are and they will magically disappear.

You are ready to begin enjoying your seven dollar skirt/dress.


  1. Replies
    1. I did sew the shirt to the skirt. I also cut off a little of the bottom of the shirt so it would lay right when attached to the skirt.

  2. I love your craft ideas! They are all so cute!

  3. Your hair is getting so long!!!