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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Fashion Redo Shirt to Dress

By: Joey Bailey from Created in AWE

You don't have to pay a high price to be fashionable; instead, put a new spin on an old t-shirt. With some thrifty sewing, you'll be able to refashion a plain shirt into a one-of-a-kind DIY dress.

Materials:

  • Extra large tall man's t-shirt
  • Elastic
  • Crochet trim

Initial Instructions:

  1. Using a tall size shirt allowed for a bit longer hemline, since I will be wearing it and I'm not quite young enough for the shorter dresses (unlike my model above, who can wear anything!).
     
  2. I also tried on the t-shirt to find how long I wanted it to be, measuring my top cut down from the top of the shirt the appropriate number of inches.  And to determine how full I wanted the skirt (the fuller the better for me).
     
  3. I attached elastic below the bust to give it some shape without a belt. (see A)
     
  4. And, I attached a crochet trim around the top and for a halter-type strap. (see B)
     

 
                         A                                                 B

 

  1. To attach the elastic below the bust, measure the elastic around you as you wear it and place it where you want it sewn. Pin it to the wrong side all the way around, making sure the folds of the dress fall evenly between your pins. Oh, and pin it evenly, (not like mine which dips a little low on my left side) When you sew, you can use a straight stitch if you stretch the elastic to match the width of the dress as you sew.
     
  2. The easiest way to attach the crochet trim is to pin it to the top edge of the dress and sew it before inserting the elastic. Then, after trying the dress on, you can pin the halter strap and sew it.  Be aware, it will stretch when you wear it.  I wanted mine to actually hold the dress up enough that it wouldn't slip down as I sit and stand in it.  So, I sewed it pretty tight, and must be cautious when I put it on and take it off.
     
  3. That's it!  Now, the trim I used was crocheted specifically for this dress, but you could substitute with a ruffle made from available fabric, like scraps from this dress or another t-shirt.  That would be very cute!  I also thought of using purchased lace.  But, I chose this trim because I've been wanting to try my hand at making some.
     
  4. I found a pattern for it from Crochetology.net.  It's my first attempt at using a chart for crochet, but after a bit of research (including the Japanese terms), I did it!  I simply measured my beginning chain stitch to fit the width of the dress where it was to be attached, then adjusted for the number of stiches needed for the pattern's repeat (which is nicely labled, 16).  I crocheted from row 1 to row 10 (and apparently used it upside-down).  The halter strap is the first three rows of the pattern (including the beginning chain) again, followed by two rows of single crochet.

 

   

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do you cut across the top half and cut the arms and neck off

I think the writer has a wonderful sense of humor and with all her mistakes I am still going to make this dress I will use her mistakes to guide me too and chuckle all the way thru

What issue is the crochet edging in. I am already a subscriber of the magazine.

My website has the chart I used. www.createdinawe.blogspot.com.

Adorable idea! Would also love specific link to the crochet edging. -Thanks

My website has the chart I used. www.createdinawe.blogspot.com.

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