Deco Tunic

I LOVE this print!

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For .99 cents I can figure some way to make this wearable.

First thing’s first: Turn it inside out.

Happy surprise! This was blind hemmed by hand.
Happy surprise! This was blind hemmed by hand.

I seam ripped that out in about 2 seconds.

Hello, an extra 3 inches!
Hello, extra 3 inches!

This will give me the length (hopefully) to make a sundress. I made some amputations…Goodbye collar, sleeves, and shoulders. Also, I turned the shirt around: The back shall become the front and the front shall become the back.

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I marked the fabric from the very top (new) edge and angled it all the way down to the existing bottom corner hem. Basically, I’m making an “A-line” fit.

See the purple markings?
See the purple line?

I sewed right on the purple line (on both sides, of course) with our Imagine serger. Before I could clean up the top raw edge, though, I had to sew down the flaps left over from the front henley-ish neckline. The collar is gone, but I left that in tact…

I used a triple zig zag, which is awesome on stretchy fabric!
Mindful of the buttons underneath, I used a triple zig zag, which is awesome on stretchy fabric!

Now, I can serge the top raw edge.

Straight stitch THAT down.
Fold over, straight stitch, and that’ll be a perfect home for elastic 🙂

After trying this on, I realized that the original back of the shirt would NOT be a good new FRONT of my dress… No “wardrobe malfunctions” today if you know what I mean. Easy fix: just wear the buttons in the front like you’re supposed to.

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I’m still not super comfortable showing off too much thigh so I put on some leggings (and a sweater to cover my arms…) and I headed out to see my #4 brother who’s visiting from Florida.

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My niece gave me a makeover too 🙂

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Why use 1 color nail polish when you can use 12?

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And here it is without the sweater

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One of these days I’ll be brave and wear it sans cardigan and leggings… In the meantime, it’s a rather cute tunic a mon avis 😉

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