an Easter dress for $1.25

I’m a good Southern girl who loves seersucker for Easter. I think my bloodstream is 2 parts seersucker, 2 parts madras and 1 part linen. So when it came time to think about Emma’s Easter dress, I decided to raid my Goodwill pile of clothes that’s been sitting there for months a while. Sure enough, I found a skirt that no longer fits me. And not just because I’m pregnant, either. *ahem*

It’s a green and white seersucker wrap skirt that I bought off of eBay years ago, and I wore it religiously as soon as Spring reared it’s allergy-ridden head. And then I had a baby and … well, my hips don’t lie.

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In about 45 minutes, it became Emma’s seersucker Easter dress. It mostly took that long, because Emma wanted to cut the ribbon and choose the color of thread and iron the hem and break the rowing machine and catch the shards of fabric and string that fall out from under the industrial serger.

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By the way, it’s not crazy longer in the back – the wind was blowing and due to the way it was hanging on the hanger, it just looks that way.

Total cost was $1.25 for the roll of light pink ribbon I used at the top.

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I still need to fray check the ends of the ribbon and get her some white sandals, but other than that, she’s ready for Sunday!

Since it was a wrap skirt, it was very easy to just cut enough width for a comfortable dress and serge the sides together. A double blessing was that the skirt was cut on the bias, so the dress has plenty of flare. Then, I used a mixture of this and this tutorial to make the actual dress. And lucky me, the hem was already finished.

I can’t wait to get pictures of her in it on Easter morning. I’m thinking about making a matching headband with the leftover fabric if I have time …

19 Comment

  1. michelle says:

    that is stinkin cute. does it come in a size 8? ok, who am I kidding a size 12?

  2. Becca says:

    Oh so so cute! :-) cant wait to see pics of her in it!!
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  3. Allison says:

    Oh, how cute!! I wish I had the talent to sew like that! or at all for that matter lol.
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  4. alely says:

    you are very creative!

  5. Kaycee says:

    SO sweet! Can’t wait to see it on her! I wish I had your skills. :)

  6. Elaine says:

    That is so awesome. Great job! Terribly jealous of your talent! :)
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  7. julie says:

    that is adorable! I want one. :)
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  8. Saj says:

    You are so wonderfully talented! I wish I could sew like that! And I wish I had a girl to sew for! Sigh. I think I’ll start making cute things for my friends’ daughters. I’m minimally talented with a sewing machine, but I think I could figure a few things out.
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  9. Joy says:

    wow. I am amazed. I wish I knew how to sew. Her dress is adorable!!
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  10. This is so perfect! Nice job! Wishing I could sew…
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  11. What a lovey dress – wish I felt more confident on my machine –
    can’t wait to see pictures of her in her dress!!
    Have a wonderful easter
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  12. Julie says:

    LOVE THIS!!!! SO CUTE and such a great idea!

    And, I have serger envy. There. I said it. I keep stalking them on ebay/craigs list and waiting for one to fall out of the sky and into my lap.
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  13. Casey says:

    I love it! Makes me want to do some more closet raiding to see what I can convert. You did a great job. I wanna see E in it!
    .-= Casey´s last blog ..Weekly Wrap-up::Easter edition =-.

  14. Bo says:

    and, It was ADORABLE on her. Keli, you did a super job!

  15. Good grief, you are so dang talented! Wonderfully done!

  16. That is so cute!
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  17. Melissa says:

    Very cute, and quite resourceful!
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  18. kim says:

    saw this on flickr, I didn’t realize you had a blog, this is SO adorable, you did a great job!
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