Refashion Tutorial: Men's Shirt --> Women's Shirt/ dress - 33

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    Step 33 of a tutorial -- click on the set at right to view all steps in order

    I sewed that breast pocket back on as a hip pocket and was pleasantly surprised to see that this shirt was long enough to be a dress and looked cute without defining a waistline. I sewed the front of the dress from the bottom button down to keep it from flapping open.

    Rejoice! I'm done! You may be done, too.

    You may not be done yet, if you want to:
    * Add casing to cinch the waistline, either at the empire or the natural waist.
    * Change the length of the shirt/ dress. I always go back and forth about whether I'm too old to wear such a short dress, or if the tunic is more flattering at this length or that.
    * Add any embellishment. Obviously there's a lot you can do here!

    I'm actually not done, as I have not decided how I want to finish the basted center back pleat. I could open it back up, but I could also add a sash that ties in the back to hide the stitching lines. I could change my mind and add the empire waist casing, which will bring the hemline a touch higher and then I might feel like I'm too old to wear a dress that short, in which case I'll take 6 inches off the hem so it's def. a shirt.

    My shirt's not done but this tutorial is! :) So good luck! Please leave a comment here or on my blog, and let me know what you think of this tutorial. If you actually follow the tutorial, I would LOVE to see your finished shirt/ dress! Send me a link to a photo of your shirt/ dress!

    Happy sewing! :D

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    1. columbialily 73 months ago | reply

      way to go A!! Very clear and easy to follow!

    2. phthooey 73 months ago | reply

      Thank you, C! xo

    3. sparklerama 73 months ago | reply

      Great makeover!

    4. Elise Cole 73 months ago | reply

      I probably won't actually make a shirt dress but I did read every step and thought that they made sense and that the illustration photos were helpful. Great job! I'd love to see what other changes you make to the shirt.

    5. phthooey 73 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your comments and feedback! I wore the dress today and my slip was too long so I threw on shorts... just need a shorter slip and I think it will be OK as is. :)

    6. pigeon pair 73 months ago | reply

      can't wait to give it a try! thank you :-)

    7. Colargolet 73 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much ! What a great tutorial! I can't wait to try it too!

    8. Hildog! 73 months ago | reply

      Awesome. Now i just need to find a shirt that is long enough..

    9. interrobang 70 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much for this tutorial! I made a pretty basic version of it over the weekend - here's a picture. Since it's approximately the third garment I've machine-sewed ever (and by far the most successful so far), I can attest to how useful of a tutorial this is even for a total newbie. I'm going to wear this dress all summer.

    10. joycef_2 36 months ago | reply

      This is an amazing tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    11. SToppin 35 months ago | reply

      I am going to do this tonight! Thank you!

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