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.
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: