You know how it is when you land on a sewing site and want to make absolutely everything on it? That’s how you’re going to feel when you check out the super stylish tutorials on Merricks Art. Created by the multi-talented blogger Merrick White (she’s a mother of two boys, seamstress, stylist, and fine artist!), the blog is chock full of advice, projects, and more. Here are 5 of our favorite tutorials to get you and your sewing machine warmed up for spring. Enjoy!

Scooped Hem Beach Dress Tutorial

Scooped Hem Beach Dress Tutorial

Here’s a great tutorial on how to refashion a loose-fitting maxi dress into a fitted scooped-hem beach dress. An easy way to shape up a thrift-store find.

Mod Shift Dress Tutorial

Mod Shift Dress Tutorial

Have a modern large-print sitting around that you don’t know what to do with? Here’s how to make a stretchy knit dress that is sure to be a summer staple. Start with a loose-fitting top for your pattern and by the end of this set of easy-to-follow steps, you’ll have a gorgeous dress.

Striped Dress Refashion Tutorial

Striped Dress Refashion Tutorial

Merrick refashioned two bargain garments into this striped dress. Stripes are always in fashion, so you can easily find your own dresses to achieve this look. This tutorial is also a solution for lengthening a too-short dress.

Sequin Shoulder Top Tutorial

Sequin Shoulder Top Tutorial

One of Merrick’s signature tutorials is refashioning boring tees into awesome statement pieces, like this sequin shoulder top made with a repurposed infinity scarf for the shoulder patches. The best part is that the whole project took about 10 minutes to complete.

Box Pleated Skirt Tutorial

Box-Pleated Skirt Tutorial

How about a super cute box-pleated skirt fashioned from affordable home decor fabric? If you’ve never sewn pleats, not to worry. These easy-to-follow illustrations take the intimidation out of the process—just remember to use lots and lots of pins to keep those stripes straight!

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