Let’s get started…
Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance, stretching a bit as you go if one part of your dress is smaller than the other.
Turn your dress right side out and topstitch with a 1/8″ seam allowance.
Now your dress looks like this:
The top edge of your dress is already hemmed since it used to be the bottom of your tee shirt so it is already a casing. I simply seam ripped open a small 1-inch area inside the back of the dress so I could slip in some 1/4″ elastic. I cut the elastic to be 1″ smaller than my daughter’s chest circumference. Feed your elastic through with a safety pin and sew the ends together back going back and forth several times. Then sew up the opening in the casing.
Now your dress looks like this. The elastic will just help the dress stay up a little better!
If you’re creating your strap from scratch, fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. With a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew all the way around leaving one short end open for turning. Use a small safety pin to turn tube right side out. Turn the raw edges of the open under under just a bit and sew closed (so that there are no raw edges exposed. Press and topstitch with a 1/8″ seam allowance all the way around.
Measure the find the front center of your dress and mark with a pin.
Fold your halter tie in half to find the center and then fan out into a v-shape as shown below.
Maintaining the v-shape pin onto your dress as shown. I pinned each edge of the “V” about 1″ from the center point we marked with a pin. (This step showed up better in black and white).
Sew the “V” part of the halter strap onto the dress with a 1/8″ inch seam allowance on both edges of the strap. (You’re basically sewing right over the topstitching you did earlier).
And that’s it!
With the money I saved by upcycling this dress, I think my little miss needs some cute cowboy boots to complete this outfit, don’t you? The rain boots will have to do for now.