Whenever I shop at a thrift store, I always look for plain denim dresses and jumpers because they are so much fun to embellish! With a few scraps of fabric, you can turn an ordinary dress into a fabulous, one-of-a-kind outfit for your little girl. I've had yo-yo embellished hems in the back of my mind for quite a while, so there was no question what I was going to do with this jumper when I found it.
I decided to embellish the hem with square yo-yo's and used 5" charm pack squares from my stash. Easy peasy, no cutting! If you want to learn how to make a square yo-yo without any special tools, check out this awesome video tutorial on Burda Style.
To attach the yo-yo's, I first ironed each of them in place with a small square of fusible hem tape. Then I machine sewed across the top and bottom edges with clear polyester thread in the needle. While tacking them down by hand would have looked nicer, Miss Imp has her nickname for a reason and I didn't think it would be more than five minutes before she pulled one off. Also, I try to avoid hand-washing clothes at all cost!
I made a faux button placket from another charm square. To make it more realistic, I added uncut buttonholes and sewed the buttons directly on top of them.
A few photos of the dress in action......
It's amazing how a few scraps of fabric can completely change the look a tired, boring jumper! I think a yo-yo embellished hem would look cute on a woman's skirt too and I'll be searching for a denim skirt in my size the next time I am at the thrift store.