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Extend your favourite dress bodices to shirts!
So we all know and love the original Precious Dress Pattern with it's nice full skirt!

BUT.... I wanted a nice classic top with the collar and puff sleeves like the Precious has, only straight. and perfect to put under dresses - or for school uniforms if we had that.
AND so this leads into the latest tutorial. A nice crisp clean straight shirt with classic details!

Posted by JeanineThomlinson from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada • Published See JeanineThomlinson's 8 projects »
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  • How to sew a baby top. Extending A Dress Bodice To Make A Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    This is sooooo easy to do as well! Everything just gets extended!! So measure you child from shoulder to where you want the hem to be! (and don't be like me and forget that belly... I had to add length to mine after the fact - hence the piping "detail")

  • How to sew a baby top. Extending A Dress Bodice To Make A Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    You can do the button back as per the pattern - just extended OR you can follow these pics and add a zipper back and skip the buttons!

    Mark the zipper above the metal stop (that is NOT fun to try and sew through!) The lining was cut at the natural waistline cutting line if you want an idea of zipper length.

  • How to sew a baby top. Extending A Dress Bodice To Make A Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew up from the bottom to just above the line.

  • How to sew a baby top. Extending A Dress Bodice To Make A Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Put a little gluestick on that zipper and pin in place. Sew the top last so don;t worry about those top ends right now.

  • How to sew a baby top. Extending A Dress Bodice To Make A Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    all pinned in place and perfectly hidden

  • How to sew a baby top. Extending A Dress Bodice To Make A Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Start at the bottom and sew about 2 inches from the top on both sides and then sew across the bottom. Then you will tuck the top ends under and unzip and sew the top of the zipper.

    and VOILA perfect zipper!

  • How to sew a baby top. Extending A Dress Bodice To Make A Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    and a perfectly cute and perfect back to school look!

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