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Last year I was lucky enough to find a 6XL men shirt in my local thrift store and I felt like I won the lottery because I had the perfect shirt to make a dress for myself (I am 5 11″ so it's hard to upcycle from just one shirt) Well, that happened again this past week =] I found a really cute plaid blue shirt and I pair it with a medium size jean looking one. The plan was to make a quick project for earth day to be featured in one of my favorite websites BurdaStyle –  eeeek!

So finally after a couple of months I had a real excuse to set time a side to sit in my sewing machine and enjoy a few hours of creating =] For the very first time (in my life) I used a pattern, witch was pretty interesting experience. I used the 3/2011 Strapless tea length wedding dress pattern from BurdaStyle, but only for the top, even tho I kept the 2 layers, just like the pattern shows, I build the bottom trying to use as much material as possible from the plaid shirt so no following the pattern as much there =] and for the pictures I just had to throw a cute little yellow sash for the stack of things I have not listed in my shop yet – I know, I know!

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This was so much fun! I loved that I could actually enjoy a little bit of sun right after finishing work at the ski resort – did I mention I live in the mountains? well, here you can see a little bit of the city far away =]

I have to thank Ken for taking these pictures and Curly for just stand there LOL – they are both so awesome! I can't wait for summer and for all the sewing/crafting ahead of me! But first I need to catch up on work, Thankfully my wrist is getting better!

I hope all of you are also enjoying this awesome spring weather. XOXO

04.18.11 UPDATE: Today BurdaStyle featured this project on their front-page, there you can also find the instructions on how to make it, so go check it out!



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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 →

8 replies
  1. Mandy
    Mandy says:

    Gorgeous! Really love the double-tiered skirt! I wish I had your talents. I also wish I had your weather–it’s cold and rainy here right now :(

  2. Jenna @ SpitzerStories
    Jenna @ SpitzerStories says:

    You have done such a beautiful job with this dress! I loooove it. It makes me excited for summer!

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