Monday, June 21, 2010

Blast From the Past Shirt to Dress

Today I made a dress from a button up shirt for my older daughter. This time is was one of my old shirts rather than her dad’s. You may think I’m crazy that I ever wore a shirt like this, but I have to share that I wore it in high school, over 15 years ago—if that helps with why it looks so dated. Anyone remember when Tommy Hilfiger was first such a craze?!  It had such a fun print, I had a hard time getting rid of it. So it’s been in my fabric stash for a long time {don’t worry—I haven’t worn it since high school}. 

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I first planned to follow the tutorial from Ruffles and Stuff on making a shirred sundress. I’ve also seen a similar tutorial at Martha Stewart.  When I first tried the shirt on my daughter, the collar looked cute on her so I thought I’d keep it. This resulted in much more of an alteration/experiment than I planned.  I used another dress as a pattern to cut the basic shape from my shirt. I ended up doing the shirring at the waist {I discovered that sewing with elastic thread in the bobbin is not something to be afraid of!}. I was hoping it might look like something I’d seen on MADE. Again, not perfect by any means, but hopefully I’m improving!

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Another possibility for the Fourth of July!  I’m sharing this at the following parties:

The Girl Creative

Show and Tell Green

3 comments:

  1. Jenni,
    So cute. I love it...and I am so impressed with your skills. You are quite the crafty one.

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  2. OMG that is totally adorable. Way better on her than I can ever imagine the shirt on an adult ;-)

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