Dress To Apron

Princess and I have been rather keen to try out our new  sewing machine, we decided our first project would be to upcycle a $3 sale item into an apron.

I had purchased the size 24 dress with the intention of converting to a skirt or two. An apron was rather an easy project.

A simple matter of cutting the front from the back.

Then as the dress was lined, we flipped the dress inside out and sewed the front panel to the lining, creating instant neatness.  

We also re-inserted the dress ties for the back and snipped the straps over the shoulders for the neck tie.  Done!

To be entirely truthful, we are not completely happy with our end result, the lining makes the apron look puffy and rather unflattering on the wearer. However we are thrilled with our new machine and I’m contemplating flannel nightgowns for the girls next.  Any suggestions for free patterns?  And talking nightgowns, the shirring elastic snapped on our girls nightgowns and I want to replace with something more robust, any suggestions?

4 thoughts on “Dress To Apron

  • June 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Wow that apron looks amazing 🙂 It's a very nice colour too! Congrats on the new sewing machine, I'll have to take up sewing on a machine one day, though I'm content with hand sewing things right now. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with next 😉

    ~Margaret M

  • June 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

    You seem to be pleased with your new machine which is great!
    Maybe you could replace the shirring elastic with hat elastic which is thin and round, similar to the small hair elastics. Otherwise you may need casings and regular narrow elastic.

  • June 15, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Thanks for your kind words:)

    Great idea! will do just that:)


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