I found half a yard of Hello Kitty fabric, that would be perfect.
That being settled, the first thing I did was turn the shirt inside out and cut the sleeves off following the seams.
Then I cut off the top back part of the shirt, starting at the shoulder seams, then across the back. Then I turned it down about 1/2 inch and pressed it in place. You can adjust this to make it lower or higher, I didn't want the back too low since I was making it for Teenie.
You want the edge to look like this.
Then match together sides and sew together so you are left with a big loop.
On the opposite end of the hem, use straight stitch and make the stitches as long as your machine will allow. Then pull the bottom thread so that the fabric starts to gather.
This is the excess fabric I had left over from the skirt, I actually ended up with 2 pieces this size. If you do not have any feel free to use what ever excess shirt material you may have, or scrap that idea and use ribbon or contrasting fabric.
Stitch along the edge leaving ends open.
Turn right side out, center the seams and press.
Tuck in ends.
Here's what the straps look like. At this point you will want to try your dress on your model to figure out where the straps will sit and to figure out if any other alterations need to be made.
Pull apart in the center making a little pillow.
Snip a little hole in the center of one side, then turn the fabric right side out.
Pinch together using a little accordion fold.
Use fabric to hold center of bow. I wanted contrast so I used a piece of the t-shirt.
Pin and hand stitch straight through the bow and the center piece of fabric.
Either attach with a safety pin, sewing the safety pin into the fabric. Or hand stitch the bow on your dress. I decided to hand sew it.
Yay! All Done!
Time for a photo shoot!