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8 Summer Dresses You Can DIY

By Lo Lankford
5/5/2012 11:29:16 AM

In NYC, we've already had a few days of pure summer potential. With the warmer months right around the corner, check out these DIY looks to get your closest sunshine ready!

This upcycled dress from plumpicking was made using a men's button-up top from Club Monaco. Simply cut the top off at the length you need and choose a comfy and cute tank top to sew on top. Want a middle? Use a stretchy band or ribbon you love that complements the combo. If you don't have a manfriend to steal from, hit up the local Goodwill. There are tons of great finds to be had - you'll be brainstorming new looks in no time!

This adorable DIY look by pondhopper was created by taking a simple black dress shape and adding ribbon shoulders - great for adjusting length and style. For further great detail, the dress was given individual hand-smocked ribbon ties across the bottom. Easy to create and cute to wear.

Love the look of a LBD but want something more simple? This one shoulder dress is the perfect creation for anyone new to sewing. While jersey is sometimes a tough fabric to work with, this easy cut leads to great trial draping. Once you've perfected your dress, be sure to top it off with fabulous accessories.

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