Trying to “Think Spring”!


This is one of my favorite refashions so far. I used a thrift store tee shirt and an old long wrap around skirt to make this dress. I’m sorry there aren’t any “before” pictures. But I do think my son, Cooper, did a good job taking the “after” photographs considering it was only 34 degrees and we were freezing!

First, I cut off the bottom of the tee shirt and used the bottom to make 2 inch strips. I sewed the strips together and using the longest stitch and the highest tension ran the strip through my machine to make the ruffle. After cutting the neckline the way I wanted it, I attached the ruffle all the way around. Next, I sewed up the sides of the skirt and attached it to the tee shirt, using a thrift store elastic belt on the inside to gather the middle.

I thought it would be fun to try a poll for the first time. Would you play along and tell me what you think?

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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24 Responses to Trying to “Think Spring”!

  1. ooobop! says:

    This is such a gorgeous refashion. I love the tones of the greens and though I think both shirts work, the green is my favourite🙂

  2. learningnewtricks says:

    While both shirts work really well, I would love to see it without any extra shirt. The ruffle looks super, and I might just add it to one of my T-shirts.

  3. Cara Olsen says:

    Hi Beth!
    That outfit is adorable! And the green is gorgeous with both your complexion and hair color. Love!

  4. m3isme says:

    I love what you do…your refashions are eminently wearable…I wish you’d show more details about your refashions for those of us who might still be struggling to see things in their parts, not just the finished projects.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughts. I’ll try to be better about taking more photos and sharing more of the process. I’m still fairly new at all this and experimenting along the way. I do much of this early in the morning before the sun comes up and my cheap camera doesn’t take very good pictures in unnatural light. But I promise to try to be better. Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you’ll be back again soon!

  5. Trudy Callan says:

    This is a great refashion. It looks great with the ruffle at the neckline.

  6. Jean C. says:

    That’s not fair! I like them both!!!! I like the brown cause it has long sleeves… and I like the cute green color! So although I voted for the green… count me as a “both”! LoL… good job!

  7. Cute! Did you sew them together?

    • Yes, the tee shirt is attached to the skirt. I attached 2 inch elastic underneath the seam to gather it slightly.
      I’ll take some pictures of it and post them, because I’ve been getting loads of questions about that. Thanks for asking and check back in a day or two.
      Beth

  8. Love it and love the accessorizing–the boots and belt. I’d love to see the step by step process of how you refashioned the t-shirt.

  9. ReStitch Me says:

    Very cute refashion! Love your boots too. 🙂 We still have snow and frigid temps here in northern Michigan too, so we are impatiently waiting for Spring!!
    Tell your son–nice job on the photos!

    • Thanks, I grew up in Minnesota and I know how long those Midwestern winters can be. Thank goodness we get spring a little earlier around here. I’ll tell Cooper, he’s a good sport to take the pictures.

  10. JeniRose says:

    I like both the green and brown shirts with the dress. The green would be good for spring/summer while the brown is more of a fall look.

  11. Marietta Warkentin says:

    Both colors look great on you! I love the ruffle you created! Very cute outfit!

  12. Anonymous says:

    great refashion
    Id say the green shirt looks ..mature
    brown one make you look younger and more chic. just my opinion

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