Last minute Melbourne Cup 2022 outfit: How to make a dress out of $1.50 Kmart tea towels


For those looking for a last minute Melbourne Cup look today, two women have shared how they transformed cheap Kmart buys into stand-out looks in a matter of minutes. 

‘Fashion lover’ Selika Harris, 37, from Victoria, previously transformed the ‘gorgeous $1.50 lemon tea towels’ from Kmart to create a ‘puff sleeve doll style summer dress’.

To make the dress, Selika first bought 20 lemon-print tea towels from Kmart for $1.50 each, totalling $30.

‘Fashion lover’ Selika Harris, 37, from Victoria, previously transformed the ‘gorgeous $1.50 lemon tea towels’ from Kmart to create a ‘puff sleeve doll style summer dress’ 

'Fashion lover' Selika Harris (pictured), 37, from Victoria, has made a name for herself on Instagram, where thousands turn to her for advice on styling tips

‘Fashion lover’ Selika Harris (pictured), 37, from Victoria, has made a name for herself on Instagram, where thousands turn to her for advice on styling tips

Selika first made the bustier of the dress using one tea towel for front and back, before she added three tea towels for each sleeve (pictured)

Selika first made the bustier of the dress using one tea towel for front and back, before she added three tea towels for each sleeve (pictured)

How did Selika make her lemon-print dress? 

1. Buy 20 lemon-print tea towels from Kmart.

Selika's finished dress is pictured

Selika’s finished dress is pictured

2. Pre-wash the lemon tea towels before using.

3. Stitch and overlock the tea towels together and trim down the bodice, using four tea towels for the front and back of the bodice.

4. Make the puffy sleeves from three tea towels and attach them to your bodice.

5. Stitch five tea towels together as one panel and make two panels for the skirt, front and back. Cut the back panel to make two pieces to add a zipper later.

6. Add extra tulle and cotton inside the skirt to make it ‘puffier’.

7. Attach the skirt to the bodice and attach the zipper to the back. 

8. Hem the dress to your preferred length. 

Source: Selika Harris

To make the dress, Selika first bought 20 lemon-print tea towels from Kmart for $1.50 each, totalling $30 (tea towels pictured)

To make the dress, Selika first bought 20 lemon-print tea towels from Kmart for $1.50 each, totalling $30 (tea towels pictured) 

She then separated the tea towels out and pre-washed them before sewing them together.

Selika told FEMAIL she used three tea towels for each sleeve, two for the front and back of the bodice of the dress and 10 for the full skirt.

Next, Selika explained that she added some tulle and cotton underneath the skirt to create more volume.

‘That lemon print made it into a totally summer vibe outfit, while the tulle and cotton made it puffier,’ she said. 

Meanwhile, Louise, from Sydney, previously wanted to get dressed up to celebrate the races at work but she couldn’t bear the thought of forking out $50 on a head piece that she would likely wear once.

Next, Selika explained that she added some tulle and cotton underneath the skirt to create more volume (pictured)

Next, Selika explained that she added some tulle and cotton underneath the skirt to create more volume (pictured)

Next, Selika explained that she added some tulle and cotton underneath the skirt to create more volume (pictured)

Meanwhile, Louise, from Sydney, previously wanted to get dressed up to celebrate the races at work but she couldn’t bear the thought of forking out $50 on a head piece that she would likely wear once.

So she created her accessory using budget items – including feathers, a $2 hair clip, $2.50 piece of tulle, $10 fabric glue and a black round placemat.

‘When you refuse to pay $50+ for a hat/fascinator for Melbourne Cup, so you use your creativity,’ she said. ‘Some feathers, $2 hair clip, $10 fabric glue and (the pièce de résistance) a placemat from Kmart to make one.’

Louise assembled her statement piece, which cost her about $16, by using clothes pegs to hold its unique shape while the glue dried, and she styled it with a piece of tulle and feathers.

Meanwhile, Louise, from Sydney, previously wanted to get dressed up to celebrate the races at work

She couldn't bear the thought of forking out $50 on a head piece that she would likely wear once.

Meanwhile, Louise, from Sydney, previously wanted to get dressed up to celebrate the races at work but she couldn’t bear the thought of forking out $50 on a head piece that she would likely wear once 

After sharing her stunning creation on social media, dozens of people praised her for doing a 'great job' on her DIY fascinator

After sharing her stunning creation on social media, dozens of people praised her for doing a ‘great job’ on her DIY fascinator

Louise assembled her head piece, which cost her about $16, by using clothes pegs to hold its unique shape while the glue dried, and she styled it with a piece of tulle and feathers

Louise, from Sydney, created her accessory using budget items

Louise (pictured), from Sydney, created her accessory using budget items – including feathers, a $2 hair clip, $2.50 piece of tulle, $10 fabric glue and a black round placemat

After sharing her stunning creation on social media, dozens of people praised her for doing a ‘great job’ on her DIY fascinator.

‘I’d actually pay $50 for that,’ one woman wrote.

Another said: ‘Oh yes I saw this craze on in Kmart groups last year. Yours looks awesome. Nice job,’ while one added: ‘That’s awesome and so creative.’

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