Monday, August 31, 2009

what i made with that $2 skirt

a dress for her.
i love to repurpose sheets and table cloths, you know that. so when i found that $2 skirt i had sort of an idea that i could do something with it.

a.) i could take it in and make it fit me.
b.) i could make something else out of it.
okay so i already have a black and white skirt so the first option wouldn't be the best choice.
but then i remembered that i had just stumbled across this awesome blog
that repurposed a man's shirt into a little girl's dress.


so i contacted dana asked her if i could use a picture and to link back to her. we got to emailing back and forth and swapping pictures of projects to come, we chatted quite a bit and what i came back from our emails is this:

not only is she INSANELY TALENTED.
her photography is AWESOME.
her tutorials are AWESOME.
her shop is AWESOME.
her kids are SUPER CUTE...
AND...not only is she amazing...she's super nice!
:)
so Dana, thanks for being such an inspiration to me (and to so many others!!) thank you for helping me think outside the box so that i could make this dress out of a $2 skirt.

i'm finishing the final instructions on how to make this dress. i should have it up in the next couple of days.

59 comments:

J and Company said...

Wowsers that looks incredibly cute! I love your blog bytheway. very sassy. just the way i like my blogs.

dana said...

Okay, thank you for the sweet, SWEET blog post. Wow. Way to make my week! Honestly, really cute of you.
And your dress? IS ADORABLE. And those pictures? she's a doll. I like the finish on them. And I think they worked out great, despite whatever mood she said she was in. Really cute. That dress makes me want to twirl through a grassy field in the middle of nowhere (and then go swimming in a lake). So picturesque.
Thank you for sharing!
I've loved getting to know you too! :)

Joyce said...

Love Katie's dress. I had guessed you would re-size the skirt for yourself. How creative you are. And, your photography is amazing also. So, list yourself among those Awesome, talented people.

Marrissa said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!!! I too assumed that you would re-size the skirt but this is just perfect! What a well suited print to the pattern! And what a well suited little girl to wear it :)

Blue Is Bleu said...

I expected to just see it resized but a dress?! Insane! Love it!!

Brianna said...

That dress is fantastic. Will make me look twice when in an op-shop instead of just lokking at the craft/fabric/sheet sections.

Lynette said...

I love it! I have a skirt waiting for me to make something out of it too! Greet job!

Lynette
getyourcrafton.blogspot.com

Kent and Katie said...

seriously. isn't dana amazing? i've been checking out her blog for a few months now. I never leave her blog without feeling inspired to go make something out of something. Right now i'm in the middle of making my girl a dress out of a women's shirt...but I'm stuck. Time to improvise I suppose:) Oh, and I just LOVE that dress you made for your girl . So sweet. so feminine.

Cheryl said...

Oh, how cute! Love it! I am off to see Dana's blog. I don't think I have ever come across it.

Kelly O. said...

She looks adorable V!

Tricia Anne said...

Oh how precious! What a darling little dress for Katie! :o)

amylouwho said...

that is adorable!!

I think all the same things could be said about you!

Shepherd Family ACAL said...

can't begin to say how much I miss the DI! Living in New York, the thrift shops here just feel Dirty, and all are tiny, or grimy or far away... OH DI how I miss thee!

Snappy Finger said...

How TOTALLY ADORABLE!

Snappy Di

Fawn said...

Love the dress! What a great idea, can't wait to see the tutorial so I can do it for my daughter. And thanks for the link to Dana--I'm off to check out her blog now. Thanks!

Dandelion Quilts said...

DARLING!

Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design said...

co cute!! I have a skirt that needs to be refashioned into something for my little girl...such an inspiration and i love dana's stuff too!

The Quilt Shoppe said...

How sweet is that! Sure wish I had a little girl to repurpose skirts for. Thanks for sharing :)
Lani

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Super cute. What a great idea! I love it. I love to repurpose and I've repruposed buttons and lace from garments before....never thought of reusing the whole item. I'm inspired now. Thanks! Have a wonderful Monday!

Blessings,
♥Ana

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!

Tracy said...

Wow! What a great little dress. She looks so grown up and sophisticated. You have a very beautiful little girl!!

Tara said...

Very cute! And from my perspective, you're very talented, take great pictures, have adorable kids, a great shop etc.... It's just really fun to meet someone of like minds, huh?

MegJill said...

Your projects always amazing me, but this one is over the top brilliant! The dress is adorable!!! I hope you eat some chocolate and lay around watching a movie for your work on this one. Great job!

rachel griffith said...

oooooh that katie.
she's too cute.

and her dress...
SO gosh darn adorable!!!

nice photo editing.
*wink*

{yayyy for you getting to know dana!!!}

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Amazing! You are so ridiculously creative.
Have a wonderful week!
XO*Tricia

We are the Zitzmans said...

Love her site too. Super cute dress. I need to go thriftying this week. Cross your fingers!

Tote, Debby, Sammy and Caleb Jimenez said...

so cute!!! both the dress and the girl! =)

jabeybaby said...

very cute!!

Sandy said...

Wow -turned out VERY cute! I need to look through your blog before going to a thrift store so I can turn on the "eye" for cool projects:)

Kristi said...

I just bought a skirt, but the zipper is shot, so I think I will use your idea! thanks for sharing!

Sachiko said...

Oh, the dress is so cute! It doesn't look like you made out of two dollar skirt!! Great Job!

Jennifer said...

Wow What a cute dress! You did an amazing job.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Katie looks adorable in her "new" dress! Good job V! It's so super cute!

giddygoat said...

She looks like a Boden kid! Nice work Vanessa.

Lisa said...

Speechless!! The dress is just beautiful, and Katie looks adorable :)

Lisa B.

Heidi said...

wow you've got some serious talent! so jealous!

Emma said...

That is the perfect idea for a $2 skirt. Your little one looks so cute!

The Writer Chic said...

Love it -- and thanks for the link to Dana!

Wes and Dani said...

Okay, so if I had a little girl, I would be making this item right now! And could you have asked for a better skirt!?? I think not! That scalloped bottom adds so much detailing that you could've never done by hand (okay, maybe YOU could've but I couldn't!) :)

Anyway, as usual, adorable. Your blog is my absolute number one favorite craft blog out there. :)

Dani
craftrookie.blogspot.com

Anne said...

thats adorable! can't wait for the instructions!

Wendy said...

That dress is really pretty!

The Rabbit Factory said...

What a sweet dress on a sweet girl! Love to recycle, reduce and reuse!

dotti white said...

V....Katie looks so feminine and girly in that dress! You are amazing! I am looking forward to the tutorial!

MIchelle said...

Way cute! I love repurposing also. And your daughter looks adorable in this. Thanks for the good idea.

Team Clark said...

Love it, Vaness - it's super cute!

Team Clark said...

PS I really do miss you...
You need to stop by and see how house sometime - we've made a lot of progress on it lately!

Jen R. said...

Love this V! it looks awesome!

Mimi Sue said...

Very, very cute. Mimi

abeachcottage said...

wow I'm new here

this rocks

can't get enough

Deeanna said...

Too beautiful for words!! Oh, and the dress is cute too :)

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Everytime I see it, I'm wow'd! Awesome! ooxx`jodi

luvinthemommyhood said...

Cute dress! Can't wait for the tute! Dana is awesome! She is one of my fave blogging penpals!
HOpefully one of these days all of us ladies can actually meet up for some real life chit chat!

The Kings said...

cute dress. you're so creative. have you ever tried making the kool-aid/capri sun purses? they're cute for little girls as well as big girls. i had one in college and got so many compliments on it.

lanakae said...

I so love the way this came out! Nice job!! And yes, Dana is so amazing. She is one of the bloggers So many cute ideas! I just started blogging this year and I am so hooked because of you guys!

Pamela said...

The only thing better than that dress is winning the fabric from my blog giveaway and making a dress out of that!! I love that dress!

Julia DeLeeuw said...

Wow look how handy you are, and resourceful too!

Nancy said...

I just saw your face on a Moda Bake Shop ad at http://www.psiquilt.com/2009/09/ego-has-landed.html~ Congratulations! Oh, and I love this dress and its very sweet model!
~Nancy

Shayna Mills said...

Oh I love this, I can't wait for the tut. I own a bow/tutu business and can just imagine the bows to make to match with an idea like this.

Marylynn said...

Just remember you can send that down my way when Katie doesn't fit that anymore. Love it!

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