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Re-fashioned, Dress, T-shirt
Got some shirts that you cant wear due to stains, rips etc? Don't throw them out! Refashion! This is the best way to practice your sewing skills, if you mess up, no big deal, you were going to get rid of the shirts anyway!

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  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 1
    Step 1

    I really like this dress that SJP wore in Sex in the City 2. I really like the shape of the top, but would really like a more fitted bottom part. I dug through my pile of donated shirts and recreated my version of this dress.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 2
    Step 2

    I took three shirts, now depending on your size and what fit you want, you may want to go bigger or smaller in size. I'm a curvy size 6 bottom and medium top in women’s sizes (large in juniors).

    What I used...

    1 Fitted top with sleeves (grey, for sleeves and detail)
    1 Large men’s shirt (black, for the top)
    1 Medium men’s shirt (maroon, for the skirt)
    Pins
    Scissors
    Measuring tool
    Sewing tools

    Make sure you have shirts inside out before you start cutting and sewing!

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Lets start with the dress top first. For a loose fit I took the men's large shirt and put it on. Measure about an inch or two below the bust and mark with pin.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut below where you marked with the pin.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut off the collar,depending on your taste you can do a V shaped, I chose to do a scoop.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut off the sleeves. and set aside dress top.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 7
    Step 7

    Take fitted shirt with sleeves and cut off the sleeves.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Attach sleeves from the fitted top and add to dress top. Because dress top is looser than the fitted top, you will need to pleat dress top either when you are adding pins or during sewing.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once you have pinned sleeves to dress top should look like this.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 10
    Step 10

    I chose to pleat while I sew, when sewing pleats, it should look like this folding over fabric little by little. Once you are finished sewing sleeves on set aside.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 11
    Step 11

    Go back to the fitted top and cut the shirt so that you can lay it flat as one piece. I cut along one of the side seams and the top of the shirt.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 12
    Step 12

    Measure an inch or two below the bust, the same area you pinned/marked for the dress top. This is similar to an empire waist. Use this measurement and cut the length from the fitted shirt,width of 3 inches. You should add on a bit of length because you need to sew the ends together.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 13
    Step 13

    After the ends are sewed together, pin to the dress top, matching the seams together. Again you will need to pleat either when you pin together or during sewing

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 14
    Step 14

    You have now created the top of your dress.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 15
    Step 15

    Take the shirt that you will use as the bottom of your dress. Again I used a men's size medium for a more fitted look, for a looser fit I suggest using an XL.

    Cut off the top of shirt and sleeves.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 16
    Step 16

    When I was cutting the shirt, I noticed that there was a defect on the shirt and it wasn’t sewn correctly (was really off!) so I cut along the side seams of the shirt to match up the fabric. You can skip this step, but incase you come along the same problem I suggest to do this.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 17
    Step 17

    Place bottom of dress below the top of the dress to help get an idea of how you want the bottom to look. If you have a friend around, have them help you pin the bottom of the dress together. I pinned the top part of the bottom of the dress and put it on and pinned away. If you are going for the looser look, pin the pieces together at diagonals, think A-Line. Sew and cut off excess fabric. I Also trimmed off the bottom since the shirt length was still not equal.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 18
    Step 18

    Once the bottom part of the dress is is completed, pin together to the bottom of the dress top and sew.

  • How to make a tunic dress. Dont Throw Those Shirts Away! Make A Dress!! - Step 19
    Step 19

    Ta-dah! You made a dress!

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Amalie L.
Amalie L.

thats amazing

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Yvonne R.
Yvonne R. · 4 projects

What a great idea! You did a great job and your instructions are super easy to understand! :)

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Shewolfcraft
Shewolfcraft · Los Angeles, CA, United States · 1 project

Awesome tutorial!

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Jolanda
Jolanda · , Noord-holland, Netherlands · 54 projects

really cute!

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