Before & After: Craft Fail, Redemption & a Tutorial


Have any of you noticed how horrible I am at taking half-decent “before” pictures? I should be so ashamed. Then again, a bad “before” photo always makes the “after” photo look so much better.


Ew Gross Before Picture

I’ve had this shirt forever and I swear the neckline just gets lower and lower every time I wear it. Last time I wore it, I thought how great it would be if I did a simple refashion to bring up the neckline. I was going to braid an intricate insert, then I got lazy and decided a cowel neck could be cooler. NOPE. Not at all. It looked like I was wearing a knotted dickie and that put me in a pretty sour mood. I was just about to throw in the towel and proclaim the shirt dead, then my better half (aka Chris) reminded me that there was such a thing as a seam ripper and not all was lost.


Aw cute After Picture

Instead of butchering another neckline I decided to re-enter my comfort zone and refashion the shirt into a dress for Penelope. Isn’t Penelope adorable? These sorts of refashions are a lot of fun, and not very time-consuming. I think I like that shirt so much better on Penelope.

screen-shot-2009-11-19-at-110158-pmHere’s a little preview of the tutorial

I think it’s high time I give you a tutorial on how to do it. Yeah, there are a million other tutorials out there on this type of thing, but this is my take on it. Since natural light is pretty rare around these parts, I thought I’d illustrate each step instead. Let’s be honest, I was really just looking for an excuse to use my new Wacom tablet. Please enjoy the free tutorial. Click on the button below to download.

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    1. Ceci says:

      This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for! I have a million options for shirts too… either mine or my husbands. Shh… don’t tell him… but I spied a nice gray shirt in his closet that I could use. He he.

      Any tips for running knits through a machine?

      Thanks again Melissa!!! You do such nice work.

    2. Kami says:

      Darling! This makes me want a sewing machine.

    3. you do the best freaking tutorials

    4. Melissa, you’re so crafty! I’ll have to remember to go to you when I have a little girl to dress up! :)

    5. says:

      Dont cast your pearls before swine

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