Friday, June 19, 2009

The Shirt Dress


Dana over at Made posted a tutorial on turning a man's dress shirt into a dress. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make one. It just took me forever - she posted it back in April! It has taken me this long to collect some decent thrifted shirts, and given that I only get to thrift about once a month, I suppose two months isn't so bad after all. I had so much fun with this project - and it went quickly once I actually started cutting; I had the entire dress done in an afternoon.

Now I just need to get K to actually wear the darn thing. Except for about 10 minutes immediately after I finished it, she has refused to wear it.


I used a different sleeve than Dana. (I used See & Sew B5119.) That blue plaid was so institutional I thought it needed a bit more pizazz. I also left off the belt, though I'm sure I'll try one with it eventually.

After I was done I decided to reattach the pocket. I mean what little girl doesn't need a pocket for her treasures, or in my daughter's case - her rocks. This plaid was my least cute shirt - I was worried that I would futz it up on the first try and I didn't want to spoil the beautiful robin's egg blue shirt with the shell buttons, even if it was only $1.00. I also have a boy's XL in a lovely mint green that will be too small for a dress, but will make a cute shirt. Hmmmmm, I bet I could get that done tonight...

Tomorrow I am heading off the island to shop for groceries, thrift, return cans, and to pick up more fabric for tea cozies - which I realize I haven't told you about yet. Soon, I promise...

16 comments:

Maggie said...

Very cute!

cinnamongirl93 said...

What a cute little dress!

Jess B said...

I just LOVE reading about all the cute projects you're making!! I wish our house wasn't for sale so I'd have time to make some of them!

Marcia said...

Adorable! Love the sleeves and the pocket! Have a great little adventure tomorrow.

Pamela said...

Liz, What a great dess! I love the color and checks/stripes, I want one for myself ~ maybe a half dress with leggings. Thanks for passing along the great link and idea.

Manoute said...

What a good idea! Very cute :o)

dana said...

It turned out great! I like the ruffle you did on the sleeve. cute!
We'd love if you uploaded to our flickr group:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1107392@N23/

Allie said...

That is just darling! I love it! Can't wait to see what else you're up to!

Beth said...

oh, that is just too cute and adorable!

Brenda said...

I love it. I will be making one of those with some of my thrifted shirts. thanks for the link.

Brenda said...

Have you seen this tute for a shirt dress?
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170402.0

pam said...

This "shirt" looks MUCH better in it's new incarnation! Great job! Love that blue.

Christy said...

So cute! I've wanted to try the craftster shirt dress for such a long time, but don't know who I'd make it for. (DS won't wear a dress. Imagine that!)

Hope you had a great time on the mainland. :)

kawaii crafter said...

oh, I saw that tutorial, it's a good one. The dress looks adorable. Perfect for summer weather.

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

That is really sweet! I love simple, no-fuss dresses for everyday wearing. Especially since my 2 year old wants to wear dresses every day!

muralimanohar said...

You should make a pink, polka dot tie belt to nip it in..or maybe lime green..think she'd wear it then? It's too cute not to be seen!