#FashionDiaries: I Turned A Dress Into TWO Tops - No Stitching!
Senior Lifestyle Writer
My cousin sister had returned from China and like any other girl, I was eagerly waiting for all the gifts I would be getting. Amongst other t-shirts and a pair of shoes, I got a check shirt-dress in red and blue and I absolutely loved it! This was just when shirt-dresses had begun to be the new rage and I couldn’t wait to wear it, but…
…as bad luck would have it, once I reached home and tried it on, it didn’t fit. It was a great fit till my waist but below the waist the buttons wouldn’t even close! Needless to say, I felt extremely sad and...fat! The dress not fitting was such a huge blow to my ego that I decided to blame it on the wide difference in the overall body structure of women in India and China and stuffed it in the back of my cupboard, where it stayed for months. Until, of course, the day my mum declared that I either arrange all my clothes properly or find another place to stay!
As I sat on the floor with a pile of clothes surrounding me, I looked at the shirt-dress again and felt kind of pitiful towards it. Here was a perfectly good piece of clothing that I could not wear but wasn’t ready to part with yet, either. It was almost an injustice!
After much thinking, I realized that I still wanted to wear that beautiful and simple check print and decided to turn the shirt-dress into a normal shirt, something that couldn’t go wrong!
My mother and I drew an outline using chalk where we wanted to cut the dress and used a pair of scissors to get two pieces of the dress. So now, I had a regular shirt and a one-fourth piece of the dress as the other half that we’d probably be throwing away. Only, I still wasn’t satisfied. I felt like there was more I could take from the dress but didn’t know how!
I started playing around with the piece of cloth, which still had buttons on it, and suddenly a thought popped into my head: “Could I turn it into a crop top?” It was too loose to fit me around the chest so I simply opened one button and tied it into a tight knot and...voila! It fit more than perfectly! Since the cloth was square in shape, tying a knot gave it a flare-ish style that made it look so much better than what I was hoping it to be!
Since both of them have the same print, I have to keep a gap between wearing them. I usually pair my crop top with a denim jacket so that it adds some volume to my look!
So yeah, with just an almost useless shirt-dress, a pair of scissors and absolutely no sewing, I created a new shirt and crop top, with no extra cost! *grin*