Create a Top From a Mexican Dress
By The Crafty Chica on July 22, 2011
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I bought a Mexican embroidered dress like this in Mexico a couple of years ago, vowing to lose weight so I could wear it in its full glory. However, earlier this month I tried it on and my bootie would not compromise. Instead of hanging the garment back in the closet, I decided to make it work on my own terms!
Next, I cut up the side seams, about 12-14" from the bottom, and then I hemmed and pressed all the raw edges on the slits, as well as the bottom.This made the bottom have two flaps to give my more breathing room (until I lose weight!).
Here is my new blouse that I made from a dress that didn't fit! I'm ready to by more Mexican embroidered dresses and alter them (not just for me but for chicas of all sizes!).
Here are some other variations I found on Pinterest.com:
|Sleeveless and trimmed at the bottom.|
|Off the shoulder sexy.|
|Made into a blouse, with an added belt. Nice touch!|
The above photo is an earlier version of an altered Mexican embroidered dress that I altered for my book, Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Projects for the Everyday Crafter.
I cut above the waist design and added a black cotton/lycra bodice (yes, cut off from another shirt) and sewed ribbon around the seam. This made it more form fitting and flattering because of the curve-hugging bottom portion!
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