Got a shirt that has worn out on the cuffs or sleeves but otherwise fine? (no? My other half always seems to! Although in this case it happened to be a second hand shirt I picked up once but never looked right on me)..anyway they make the perfect base for a beautiful shirt dress:
And the best bit about it is the buttons and buttonholes are already done for you…as is the bottom hem (nice :))
Its fun because you can personalise it so much- with different bias binding (this was the first time i started doing bias binding and I love it!), and different applique designs….
I first got the idea from alldaychic, although as you can see from my finished dress, I changed it a fair b
1. First you need to know what size you’re aiming for..(in my case it was for a 0-3 month old), then you can use a guide such as this one at Burdastyle.com to work out roughly what width, length and neck size to do, or this guide for armhole depth from polkadotchair.
2. I then roughed out a pattern on some paper, and when i was happy with it, i used it to cut out the actual dress (front and back piece) from the shirt.
3. Next sew together the tops of the dress as shown (following with a zigzag stitch on the seam to stop if fraying)….
4. Then you will need to attach bias binding to the neck line (with the buttons open). great tutorial for attaching bias binding is from smashedpeasandcarrots (If you want to make your own, which is great for getting a pretty patterned binding, I found loads of tutorials on you-tube and pinterest.
5. Next attach the bias binding to the arm holes (using the link above as a guide as to the arm hole depth,if needed). Make the bias binding go a tiny bit over the edge of this depth (then you can sew it in in neatly to the seam).
6. When the arm hole bias binding is all complete, sew down the sides of the dress, leaving a 0.5 cm or so seam allowance, and zig-zag stitch the seam:
Note: I replaced the original chunky men’s shirt buttons with cute little pink ones….
7. Nearly finished! Now for the applique on the front. First i cut out an applique heart design on to some paper, and checked it was the right size by placing it on the front of the dress..I then decided three of them in a row at the bottom of the dress would look best in this case.
8. Then I cut out the applique patterns from the fabric using my paper outline, pinned them into the correct positions on the dress, and used hemming web (seems to be loads of different names for this stuff! but its amazing…) to fix them in place.
9. Finally, i carefully zigzagged stitched all the way around each heart, and I had my completed baby dress!
I can’t wait to try another design for one of these dress patterns, all I need is another cast-off shirt! 🙂 (Worth keeping an eye out in the second hand stores for shirts that could be used for this project). I’m already thinking a cute pale yellow or white dress with ducks applique on the front…will keep you posted in a future post!