When the calendar page turns to August, it can only mean one thing: back-to-school shopping! It’s even more fun when you’re a kindergarten teacher like me. This thrift shop sailor dress reminded me of my back-to-school outfit from long ago. I knew I wanted it, but it definitely needed a more “grown up” look. I can’t show up at school looking like I’m trying to be my own five-year-old self again, you know?
So by changing the neckline, sleeves and adjusting the fit a bit, this five year old sailor dress was transformed into a more sophisticated looking nautical ensemble. I happen to think is perfect for a kindergarten teacher like me.
First, use your seam ripper to remove the collar and the sleeves.
Then turn the dress inside out to pin and sew the side seams to fit.
Now, pin and sew the shoulder seams to fit.
Fold over the desired new neckline to the wrong side then pin and sew. Trim off any excess.
Pin and sew the raw edges of the armholes.
Now measure and mark the newly desired sleeve length.
Fold the sleeve in half.
Starting at your mark, cut the sleeve down to the corner with a curve. This will create more of a cap sleeve.
Repeat this with the other sleeve. When you unfold them, this is what they will look like:
Now tuck the curved, right side edge of the sleeve under the armhole hem. Pin and sew in place.
If you need to take in the waist a bit, cut a quarter inch piece of elastic the size of your waist minus two inches.
Mark the center and pin this to the center front waistline seam allowance.
Pin the sides to the waistline seam allowance.
Start at the center back, use a zig zag stitch and stretch the elastic slowly to match the center and side marks while you sew it to the waistline seam.
Turn your dress right side out, throw it on with some navy wedges and you too could teach a bunch of five-year-olds anything they need to learn in kindergarten!