Woman's Shirt to Toddler Dress

You can find a number of tutorials for making dresses from (large) men's shirts such as this one and this one. But would it be possible to make one from a small women's blouse? I wondered.  I had one that had once been a favorite of Kara's.

Kara working on her veil on her wedding day

She'd even worn it to the church on the day she was married. I thought it would be fun if I could re-purpose it into a sweet little dress for one of her sweet little daughters.

1. The men's shirts tutorials require too much fabric, so I decided to work with some nightgown patterns. First I cut a front and back yoke. I basically used this nightgown pattern.

2. Next, I cut out two cap sleeves. I was able to get these from the cuffs on the original sleeve, taking advantage of prefinished edges! (Yes! That's one of the things I love about remaking clothes - you can so often use edges and avoid hemming!)  
I worried a bit about how the sleeves bend in the middle, but I hoped that wouldn't matter once the upper edge was gathered. I was right - it's completely unnoticeable.

3. From the rest of the shirt, I cut a front and back skirt.

4. And then I put everything together. So easy!


Jessi Thornhill said…
How funny. By random coincidence, I am trying to convert two 2x shirts into dresses for the girls. Your refashion is very cute. I hope mine turns out as well as yours.
Anne said…

What kind of dresses are you making from the 2X shirts? I made a fairy romper costume for Jenny from a couple of XX shirts a few months ago. If I had known what I was doing, I probably would have only needed one shirt, but I had a bit too much trial and error. Or too much error. Or something. But it was OK in the end.
Jessi Thornhill said…
The dresses are sleeveless, sun dresses. I'm sort of following a couple of tutorials. This is what I'm hoping for sort of... http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-shirt-dress.html

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