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Monday, July 23, 2012

The Dress Project-Summer Challenge

One of my favorite bloggers, Kristin from Bits and Pieces From My Life, got this adorable dress as a hand-me-down from a cousin for her daughter and decided to alter it to fit each season.  It just so happens that Princess also received the same dress as a hand-me-down from a friend, so naturally I "stole" Kristin's idea for sprucing it up once the original flower on the front lost its flair.  The versatility of this dress makes it worth keeping in Princess's wardrobe.  She's worn it as a sundress, over a shirt, and now wears it as a tunic length shirt over leggings or pants or over her petticoat dress.   

The dress "Before"
 The first step was to cut the threads holding the hot pink flower onto the dress. 

The original flower.  It looked cute at first, but was pretty droopy by the time I took it off. 

 Next, I marked out a buttonhole right where the flower had been attached.  If your sewing machine has a buttonhole maker and you don't know how to use it, now is the perfect time to learn as the embellishments will cover any mistakes.     

Done!  The whole project took me less than 15 minutes from start to finish.  Now I can clip any of Princess's hair accessories right in the buttonhole and have a new look everytime she wears the dress.  

Hairbow from Dots and Lollipops

Hairbow from ~Hanna's Hair Bowtique~

This post is linked up with "The Dress Project: Summer Challenge" at Bits and Pieces From My Life

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  1. Wonderful idea! I've been following along with Kristin's transformations, too. I love how you can switch out the embellishments with hair accessories. Are all of the hair thins on alligator clips?

    1. Yes, all of her hair accessories are on alligator clips which makes them easy to clip onto other things too :) I just made the buttonhole a little bigger than the alligator clips and whatever I clip on stays on perfectly all day!

  2. Do you think that two button holes side by side would make it possible to use hair bows that have the other type of locking barrettes (I have no idea what they're called) as well?

    1. I think those are called french barrettes and yes, I don't see why that wouldn't work :)


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