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Since I am always in the hunt for t-shirts, pants, dresses and pretty much anything I can use to upcycle, I could not be happier that Ken actually set apart a big tub full of t-shirts for me =] and the very first project I started with them are top of dresses. I am still not finish with the second one, there the name of this post. Hopefully I will finish next week so I can share a tutorial too =] In the meantime I can still tease and show you guys what I have so far!

I used one of Ken's shirts for the top and ruffles, I had to make small changes because the t-shirt was kind of big on me and the neck was super hight. I added ruffles to make it pretty and used elastic and an old dress for the bottom =]

For the other top I made two rows of ruffles, and I had just enough left for the cover of the elastic on the bottom, but the thing is that i have to decide what I want. So far I have a very dark gray and a teal color fabric that sound really good, but I love them both.

What do you guys think? Go teal, dark gray or mud green for the bottom of this one?
And stay tuned for next week to see the tutorial =]


UPDATE: A tutorial is now available YAY!



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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

15 replies
  1. Callie
    Callie says:

    I really like how teal and gray go together so I vote for that! But as a close second shades of gray together look so chic… Hmm tough one ;)

    The first upcycle dress came together so beautiful, I love it. The skirt fabric looks so pretty next to the color of the top. Great work! ^_^

  2. Anna
    Anna says:

    I love the teal idea, I think it would look gorgeous, I can’t wait for the tutorial, thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge with us :)

  3. Brenda Spalding
    Brenda Spalding says:

    I love them. You are soooooo talented! I absolutely love ruffles whether on this t-shirt or on the pocketbook that you have on one of your tutorials.

    I hope you are going to show us how to make these great t-shirts. I think you need to sell your great designs!

  4. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I must say this stumbling on this site is wonderful!! I love to up-cycle and have been for years. Nothing ever goes to the trash!!JK Would never of thought to blog and be this dedicated!! awesome job!! This dress couldn’t of come at a better time. My niece asked for something exact! She loved the dress! thnks a million!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Lynn!

      I am so excited this was just what you needed =] I would love to see the pictures of her dress =] XO

  5. Pam
    Pam says:

    I love this site :)

    I would like to make one of these dresses for my DGD. She starts High School in about a month. Can’t wait for the tut.

    PS I also vote for teal.

  6. cheryl cole
    cheryl cole says:

    Great job! I truly love the miniskirt on the first clothes. You located the tallness of the skirt at a perfect spot. Love. I vote for teal in the second dress.

  7. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    I know you have several votes for teal, but I think dark gray eould look sophisticated. You could use a teal belt with it though or a red belt!! :)

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