$5 Kmart Tee – Refashion

I needed some new singlets for summer but after heading to Spotlight I realised that the cotton jersey material was edging on about $11 per meter. Once you cut it up and created a singlet you barely had enough material left over to create anything else.

My first test shirt was the pink and navy one below using a soft cotton jersey material from Spotlight. However, after shopping around at Kmart I came across this $5 men’s plain shirt, made from a really good quality, soft material. If you purchased a 2XL – 3XL shirt for only $5 you can cut out a singlet, plus create a headband from the left over sleeve material.

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Singlet Designs

I ended up tracing a pattern from a singlet that I already owned and loved but I’m sure you could find a simple singlet pattern online or from any of the major sewing brands. Then all I had to do was purchase a meter of ribbing for the neckline.

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Colette Laurel Dress

Pattern: Colette Laurel
Description: This chic and simple shift dress is easy to sew, astoundingly versatile, and comfortable to wear year-round.
Fabric used: Cotton sateen with a cotton poplin lining

The Colette Laurel was a very easy, simple dress to construct, perfect for work or for casual dress occasions. The main changes I made for this pattern is because it was a very loose fit. I probably could have gone down a whole size but I cut it out first, making a muslin and decided to add some long front and back darts to bring it in.

This version is a bit more body hugging, however I like this style and still find it comfortable and casual. If it was a different material such as a linen or denim it may have been fine at that larger size. I guess it’s just a preference as to how you like your clothing to fit.

A great pattern though, I highly recommend!

Lekala Dress with Wrap Skirt

Pattern: Lekala Dress with Wrap Skirt
Description: A stylish dress with square neckline and mid length open wrap skirt.
Fabric used: Cotton Sateen, Polyester and Rayon.

I have the tendency to absolutely fall head over heals in love with certain patterns. What happens when I love, love, love a pattern is I make it in every single shape, colour and stlye to change it into a completely different fit from the last. I started off with the basic pattern from Lekala and as soon as I made it I knew it was my dream dress.

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BurdaStyle Princess Dress

Pattern: BurdaStyle Princess Seam Sheath Dress
Description: Princess seams frame a squared off neckline in this demure sheath dress. This pleated style is sophisticated anywhere with hip pockets and a narrow collar.
Fabric used: Cotton Sateen and cotton lining

This dress pattern is actually available as a plus size. Admittedly when I purchased this pattern I didn’t even take note of the plus size because of the size of the model in the photo. With that being said, I think it’s a pretty amazing dress (plus size or not).

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If you have some experience in sewing or pattern drafting and find that you need to take it down a few sizes (I think the plus size stops at about size 14), then I highly recommend you give it ago. For the first time making a new pattern I would always suggest making a muslin, so this is the right time to make any further adjustments.

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