Mohito Refashion Frock Tutorial and Giveaway! CLOSED.

May 4, 2010

I bought this skirt at the Salvation Army for only $2.50 and the tank top for 50 cents. The skirt was originally a size 16. I took it in at the back. All together this dress cost $3.

The finished look reminded me of something you'd wear while sipping a cool Mohito on the porch in the afternoon.

It also reminds me of these Modclothies, here and here.

My camera pooped out on me at the beginning of my process so unfortunately this tutorial is only text. But if you attempt this and have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them just leave a comment in this post.

Materials:
Skirt
Colored Elastic (white doesn't look finished)
Tank top

1. If your skirt is longer than just above your knee cut the top of the skirt so that the length falls at just above your knee.

If the length is fine, cut the top of the skirt anyway just so that the edges of the top are raw.

Also, you must be mindful of the waist. Since we are putting in elastic instead of a zipper be sure that the width of the skirt can fit over your hips. If not cut the skirt at the top until it does.

2. If there is a zipper rip it out with a seam ripper and then sew the seam back up.

3. Take your elastic band and wrap it around the smallest part of your waist. Make sure it is tight but also that I can also fit over your hips. Mark the place where you need to sew. Sew it, right sides together so that you have a full circle.

4. Now, take your elastic band and pin it to the skirt on the outside (sort of overtop the skirt), right side of elastic to right side of skirt. Do it the same way that I described for step 9 of the Maternity Pants Tutorial.

5. Sew to skirt.

6. Put on your tank top and skirt. Cut the tank top a half and inch down from the elastic.

7. Pin the tank top to the elastic the same way you pinned the elastic to the skirt in step 4.

8. You may need to shorten the straps when you’re done because the skirt pulls on the ribbed tank.

Done!

Many of you said that you would like to enter more giveaways, but have various issues with linking. Of course, I want anyone that is interested in entering a giveaway to be able to do so.

Therefore, from now on, giveaways can be entered in three ways:
1) By linking (to your blog, facebook, myspace, or any other site)
2) By leaving a comment without a link or
3) By linking and leaving a comment (this will be worth 2 entries which will better your chances of winning). Find more info under the FAQ page.


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112 {comments}:

KelsyC said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this!!!

Serena said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute and summery and frugal!

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Linked to my blog giveaway button.

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this and totally want it!!! So great!

ShyGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm in awe of the items you can create! Would love to win :)

Deidre said... Best Blogger Tips

By far my favorite item in your giveaways!!!! I HAVE to have it, or make it, one of the two! lol!

I also linked to my blog!

Marla said... Best Blogger Tips

You are so dang talented! Love this!

erin schlegel said... Best Blogger Tips

that is too cute and seems easy to make! sadly, but sewing machine is currently out of commission.
http://fieldoflilleys.blogspot.com/

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute! I love that skirt.

Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I will have to add this to my project list :)

B @ Sweet Limes said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable, and perfect for summer, though right now we're in the middle of ANOTHER snow storm.

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

This is awesome... thanks for the tutorial!

mochana said... Best Blogger Tips

so adorable!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant! I never find anything that good at thrift stores. Where do you find your colored elastic (not black)?

Laurie Downey said... Best Blogger Tips

I did this same thing a week ago with a tank top I'd gotten oil paint on. So fun to use things instead of throwing them away :)
http://lauries-projects.blogspot.com/2010/05/tank-top-sundress.html
Laurie

Jessica Mae said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! I love the way the blue looks with the brown.

Jessica:)

I created a link as well...

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips

darling! And so inexpensive!

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks AWESOME! Love it!
Sarah M

Jo - To a Pretty Life said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute dress! I love the skirt fabric. Thanks for the tutorial as well!

nicbib said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Beautiful!

Lynne said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! I love blue and brown together. Thanks for the giveaway!

brittany, steve, gabe and ezra said... Best Blogger Tips

this is so cute!

Charlotte said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh wow! I just made two dresses this way! But it never occurred to me to use colored elastic since the lame fabric stores in my area do not carry colored elastic. Just black & white. You are indeed right, it doesn't looked finished at all.... so I made a matching sash.

So cute! You have very impeccable taste. :)

Meridith Khan said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, darling! Love it!

Mandee Jo said... Best Blogger Tips

So beautiful! I really need to start refashioning clothing...

Summer Lewis said... Best Blogger Tips

That came out darling! Where do you find colored elastic? I've never seen anything but black and white.

Amanda C. Melton said... Best Blogger Tips

Genius! It's so cute!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute! Love it!

Ave said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...That is great!! It looks expensive...

Emilee said... Best Blogger Tips

Adorable! I have a skirt that I am going to have to try this on.

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Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute. Would love to win this one!!

Joanna said... Best Blogger Tips

Verry cute!! I love the idea of buying something too big and taking it down!
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Steph said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh lovely!

Meagan Shuttleworth said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked to your page as well! :) Hope I win ::crossing fingers::

Meagan Shuttleworth said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! What a great idea! :)

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Mahana said... Best Blogger Tips

Niiice.

By the way, saw you winning dress on Shabby Apple (though I will say I wish they were doing it in the green you had originally used!)

http://www.shabbyapple.com/p-613-champs-elysees.aspx

elnajay said... Best Blogger Tips

So lovely, and so easy! I really like the colored elastic idea, so that you're highlighting the waistband rather than hiding it. Must try!

frenchtoile said... Best Blogger Tips

A simple and lovely idea.
And I do so love that skirt.
Linked you on my blog!

The Sisters 4 say MORE is more said... Best Blogger Tips

we love this! re-purposing thrift finds is one of our FAVORITE things!!!! we just linked you on our sidebar....super cute!
~selina (sis#1)

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress! It is so cute!

Tanner ♥ Chaya said... Best Blogger Tips

I facebooked about it!

andreak said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the big print on the skirt! You find such great deals.

kristiyana shinta said... Best Blogger Tips

woohoooww, you are fabulous :)
i will link this to my blog,,

give away button for mohito refashion frock tutorial and giveaway :)

just check it dear
-loovveecuupsss

kristiyanashinta.blogspot.com

kristiyana shinta said... Best Blogger Tips

i want it
i want it :)

check your link on my blog kristiyanashinta.blogspot.com

when is the final dead line?

Andrea said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute!

Jinii said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes please!!

Erving Arashi said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks fantastic! bravo!

Mary Ella said... Best Blogger Tips

This is great! I'll have to try it.

Patti said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just the cutest skirt!

juste venteux said... Best Blogger Tips

Sooo cute!!
justeventeux@live.com

SVaRaDa said... Best Blogger Tips

it´s lovely!!

Sheryl and Ben said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I love thrifting! You never know what you'll find.

Chandra said... Best Blogger Tips

Pretty! And I'm loving the red necklace with it! :)

Hannah said... Best Blogger Tips

ready for summer! love it!

rosemaryschild said... Best Blogger Tips

Thrift stores are where I look for fabric, minimal cost & yards of fabric to be altered!

Astreia said... Best Blogger Tips

On step 4. What exactly do you mean? I'm sorry.

4. Now, take your elastic band and pin it to the skirt on the outside (sort of overtop the skirt), right side of elastic to right side of skirt. Do it the same way that I described for step 9 of the Maternity Pants Tutorial.


What does the "overtop the skirt" mean? Is one part sticking past the other? Thanks.

Kathleen Frances said... Best Blogger Tips

Astreia,
Check out this pic for what I'm describing: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2633/3930905386_3c48316790.jpg

Picture the skirt instead of the pants.

If you're still confused, don't hesitate to ask again.

SLAgirl said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE!

mariah said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVELY! I also would like to know where you can find such pretty elastic!! :) thanks for the tut and giveaway! I hope I win!!!

BookGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

This is one adorable dress. I'm impressed by your talent -- so impressed, in fact, that I may actually learn to sew!

Clara

Lydia said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute dress!

Elise said... Best Blogger Tips

You have the best idea's and tutorials! Thank you.

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

so cute!

hmowery@centurytel.net

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this!

Zsanine said... Best Blogger Tips

Where did you find the colored elastic?? It's so pretty!!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply awesome!

Jen Talbot said... Best Blogger Tips

Love Love Love this!

Trisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it, but where do you get your colored elastic? Please do tell! :)

Cyndi said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this!!!

Kylar said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress, it's so fun!! I'm wondering where you find that colored elastic? I've got a project I've been working on and can't find any around here? Thanks, you're so inspirational!

laurageorgina said... Best Blogger Tips

Totally adorable! It's inspired me to finally drag out this fabric that I just wasn't feeling as a dress and turn it into something like this...

Kathrin said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so great!!!

kisieltruskawkowy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it!

Melissa Thompson said... Best Blogger Tips

So creative. Way to make something new for pennies. Gorgeous! I'm inspired!!!

Aurora said... Best Blogger Tips

Holy cow! I ALWAYS see super cute skirts in sizes that are way too big for me at the thrift stores, but I never ever thought to just resize them! Genius! And it is sooooooo cute! I'm definitely on a hunt now for a cute skirt and a tank top to make this! Thanks for the inspiration!

Aurora said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh and I definitely linked it to my facebook, because it is AMAZING!

Jonathan, Rachel, Greta said... Best Blogger Tips

What a darling dress! I love it and hope I win. :) :)

Felicia Marcellina said... Best Blogger Tips

lovely! i linked you in my blog.
means i have two entries?
thanks! :D

Lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

cute~ looks comfy too. love it.

Bunny B said... Best Blogger Tips

I want this please! :)

kelliemorgan said... Best Blogger Tips

Great colors! Thanks so much.
kelliemorgan17@gmail.com

Kandice said... Best Blogger Tips

This is too cute! I wish I could go to the thrift store and have this much vision!

aerialist said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress!

charity said... Best Blogger Tips

Love love love the colors!

The homebodies said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I just used your tutorial/idea to help me make my own dress! (I credited you) You can see it here:

http://homesweethomebodies.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-dress-for-me-easy-sewing-project.html

Thanks for sharing this! :)

Marissa@ homesweethomebodies.blogspot.com

talisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous! You make it look so easy. Such a talent you have!

natacha lee said... Best Blogger Tips

Cool idea, I've added the page to my bookmarks and linked here: http://pioupioukids.blogspot.com/2010/05/cool-blog-mondays_19.html

natacha lee said... Best Blogger Tips

Cool idea, I've added the page to my bookmarks and linked here: http://pioupioukids.blogspot.com/2010/05/cool-blog-mondays_19.html

~Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks like the perfect summer dress!

Allie said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I've been meaning to make myself some darling summertime skirts, this is the perfect project!

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JuneBug said... Best Blogger Tips

this is very cute, and makes me want to go check out my local Goodwill for reuse items!

janssen designs said... Best Blogger Tips

wonderful idea that I just had to try! here's my version: http://www.janssendesigns.com/2010/05/upcycled-dress-for-me.html

thanks!

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a pretty dress! I'm going to have to hit up my local sal army and make myself one!

Beverly said... Best Blogger Tips

yeay for warmer weather! I'm so looking forward to making new skirts. Love this one!

kristen good said... Best Blogger Tips

YAY! I love this dress! I want it! Which is why I linked to your blog from mine! :)

I actually found an old Goodwill skirt I have been meaning to fix up for years and a tank top that matches! I'm pretty sure that it will HAVE to be fixed up into a cute little dress like yours! :)

Just need to pick up some elastic at Joanns.....

Allison Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

I am e-n-t-e-r-i-n-g!!!!

*I hope I win this!*

Allison Elizabeth♥

kristen good said... Best Blogger Tips

I made my own today!! First time I've EVER made clothing without a pattern! Love it! I'll post pictures on the Flickr page later tonight!

www.anotherdayforever.blogspot.com

nietha said... Best Blogger Tips

can I win just leave a comment?hopefully yes

missavene said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this dress and the colored elastic is a great simplifying idea! Thanks!!

CMEH said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks great... I am totally going to have to try this, I can't find summer dresses I like! THank you

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

How cute! I love the pattern along the edge of the skirt!

Anna Banana said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my, I'm so going to make one after work.
Thank you thank you!

msilba said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this, the perfect summer dress!

Amber said... Best Blogger Tips

I've been making dresses very similar to this - I'm about to post a tutorial on it, AND a giveaway - one of my followers will get a cute little summer tank dress :)

Come over and check it out!
http://rufflesandrosescrafts.blogspot.com

other-option said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is adorable!
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

Bunbury said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I MADE ONE. So easy! So cheap.

Lori said... Best Blogger Tips

For everyone who has been searching in vain for colored elastic, I've finally found some! This ebay shop has 2 inch wide elastic in red, blue, and green. I ordered one of each for projects that do not currently exist....but it's always good to stock up, right? :)

http://stores.ebay.com/Mockingbird-Lane_Elastic-Stretchy-French-Lace_W0QQ_fsubZ12QQ_sidZ73152509QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em14?_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1513&_pgn=1

Lori said... Best Blogger Tips

(LOTS) more colorful elastic at this ebay shop!

http://stores.ebay.com/MFG-Surplus__W0QQ_fsubZ827649015

I will stop flooding your comments with ebay links now. :) I've been searching everywhere for the elastic, so I'm excited about it.

Thanks so much for this post! I've had a pretty (expensive) Victoria's Secret skirt just hanging in my closet for the past 2 years because it's too big. I'm super excited to put a hot pink waistband on it and finally get to wear it! You rock.

Tammy said... Best Blogger Tips

Just found this now - SO cute! Where do you get colored elastic? Or did you dye the elastic? Thank you in advance for any response.

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Love it! thanks for sharing

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