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

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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Taken on March 4, 2009