Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Dress Project--Adult shirt transformed into little girl's outfit.

So, there are all these other blogs out there with tutorials for making men's dress shirts into dresses. Here's the one that convinced me I should at least take a stab at it: Dana Made It I couldn't find a shirt I liked in the men's section at the thrift store, but the ladies' section had lots. I feel like there are enough awesome tutorials already out there that I'm just going to go over the basics here.

The Shirt:


Then I took a dress of Lavagirl's and  traced it to make a pattern.

Then, Luvinthemotherhood showed me the idea of how to use the sleeves to make pants, and I figured why not?

Since this was a 3/4 length sleeve shirt, the sleeves weren't long enough for pants without some patching. That was some great experimental sewing!

I fought and won the battle of the sleeves.  They are kind of big and poofy, but now that I've done it once, I can make better sleeves on future dresses, and believe me, there will be more!!!!

Here's the finished dress. I took off the breast pocket, added some ruffles, and put it back on lower. I learned how to make ruffles here, and used them on the sleeves and pocket.


and the dress with pants:


HeidiRenata said...

Adorable! Great job Peggy, I love the pants too cute. I will definitely have to try this. In fact come to think of it I have some button down shirts in the closet I'm not wearing anymore...hmmm Uh oh another project...

Sharon said...

This has been on my to-do list for.....forever! Thanks for the tutorial! :)


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