DIY Fringed Dress Tutorial
I love to answer, "I made it," when asked, "Where did you get that?" While shopping the other day, I picked up a few inexpensive tank top dresses with the intention of turning them into a D.I.Y. Project. The result is fun, unique and perfect for a night on the town.
And with that, I present to you, Living and Loving In L.A.'s first D.I.Y. Project! (And yes, that's me in the picture. Nice to meet you!)
D.I.Y. Fringed Dress
by Living and Loving In L.A.
2 Identical Tank Top Dresses
Flower Pin (Optional)
Draw a horizontal line across the front of one of the dresses. Make sure the line is below the binding in both the front and the back of the top.
Turn one of the dresses inside out. Draw vertical lines 1" apart down the front, starting in the center, and working your way to the sides. Because the sides of the dress are shaped, you will end up cutting off the sides when you get to the edge where you can no longer draw a vertical line. You will throw these sides away. You will only need to use the perfectly vertical strips down the front and back.
Cut off the hem.
Pour yourself a glass of wine (Optional).
Pin inside the center of the 1" vertical lines. This will ensure that when you cut the strips, the front and back will be exactly the same. It will also prevent the dress from moving when you are cutting out the strips.
Cut your strips, and discard the sides of the dress. You can also use a rotary cutter if you have one. Some of the strips will start to roll, don't worry, this is normal.
Cut the tips of the strips at a diagonal, so that you can thread the pony beads on easily.
Remove the pins.
Put your beads on the strips in any pattern you choose. I chose White, Grey, Black, Grey, White.
Place the beaded shirt over the uncut shirt. Optional--Sew the two shirts together at the binding using either a sewing machine, or by hand sewing. I left mine apart so that I could wear them separate as well.
If using a decorative pin, affix the pin to the top where you want it.You're done! Enjoy your new top!