Bad bananas June 28, 2010 – Posted in: Repurpose, Sewing, Tutorials
So for Sofie’s birthday, I decided we all needed monkey-themed shirts. I made The Hubs wear a shirt I painted a yellow hat on (you know, The Man with the Yellow Hat?!). He wasn’t too thrilled about the idea, but was an excellent sport about it! Especially when I announced I wasn’t wearing mine. My bananas looked AWFUL and I flat out refused to wear the shirt. I was really upset and as I went to chuck the shirt in the trash, I remembered I no longer throw away clothes that could become something else!
I tossed the shirt in my upcycling pile and have been eyeing it for the past 2 weeks. Last night I decided Sofie needed a new sundress/bathing suit cover-up. So bad bananas became cute dress!
I cut it off straight under the armpits. Then I cut off each sleeve, the neck, and the bananas. I wanted to cut my straps at 2″ because once sewn and turned, they’d be nice and chunky. I was able to get 2″ between the bananas and neck, then used the back piece of the bananas to cut 2 more 2″ strips.
The construction was EASY. I shirred the dress part, leaving the existing hem as the bottom of the dress and the top of the dress raw (knit doesn’t fray!). I did 11 rows at 1/4″ intervals. I folded the straps in half lengthwise and sewed at 1/4″ inseam. Then I turned them, left the ends raw, and sewed them to the front and back. Tackled the toddler, tied straps, and done!
Marie Gross June 29, 2010 - 00:59
Oooh man, I love your blog. You are amazing, Melissa!
Marcia June 29, 2010 - 09:08
What a precious dress!! (Adorable model too!!) Way to upcycle!!
Betsie June 29, 2010 - 09:09
You are my hero! I’ll be making one tonight since Sophie’s other cover-up didn’t turn out as well as expected. 🙂
Melissa June 29, 2010 - 09:37
Thank you ladies! 🙂 And thanks for letting us use your garden for pictures, Mom!
Misty June 29, 2010 - 11:52
That is way too cute!!
Jennifer June 29, 2010 - 13:19
So cute! You really have great talent!
Katy Dumm Toole June 29, 2010 - 14:40
Hi Melissa! Feel free to stop by the blog anytime…that’s what it is there for. You certainly have a gift for sewing (this coming from someone who seriously cannot sew a button on properly) and you have a sweet family. Hope all is well. Stay in touch.
Tiffany July 08, 2010 - 22:06
Girl – I want you to teach me how to do the shirring thing one day!! But I am guessing that one day will be no sooner than 5 years from now as you and I both seem to keep ourselves booked and busy as ever! But I would like to put this on my list of things to learn (as well as how to better use the sewing machine!).
AWESOME GIRL!! You are amazingly talented!
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All of your ideas are great. Thank you for sharing. I was just going to add that since you used most of the shirt, you could use the sleeves for headbands and at fake flower with a hot glue gun. That is what my girls like to do the sleeves.
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Can you point me to a good tutorial for shirring?
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Yes, check out http://portabellopixie.typepad.com/portabellopixie/files/full_shir_madness_tutorial.pdf
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