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}. 


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!




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

The Girl Creative

Show and Tell Green


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

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



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