About this project
Published

Time
Time:3h00
Difficulty
So so
Crafts
Dressmaking

Posted By

South Hadley, Massachusetts, US
2010
Bandana Skirt
Yoga Pants   Keep That Logo On Your Tshirt!
Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt
No Sew Skirt
my version of the shirt dress

there's lots of versions of the shirt dress out there, so i decided to go for it! found a bunch of great shirts at the thrift store yesterday, for an even greater price! or you can get them from your dad, boyfriend, husband, etc.

the skirt part is pretty standard, and very simple. the top is unique



Instructions

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    ...

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    ...

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    remove sleeves.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    cut off top of shirt inbetween 1st & 2nd button. (width must = 1/2 under bust measurement + seam allowance)

    ex: bust measurement =36
    shirt width = at least 18 inches

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    turn shirt insideout and put it on. pin it so it fits the shape of your body the way you like it. (i suggest looking in a mirror!)

    *also, you should wear no or tight-fitting pants (like leggings), not jeans or sweatpants.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    *optional*

    i'm a bit of a perfectionist, so i folded the shirt in half to make sure both sides were even.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    open up the shirt (if you folded it in half like i did) & sew up both sides

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    IMPORTANT

    try it on & make sure it fits! mine was too big (& akwardly buldge-y).

    it's always better for it to be too big; you can always make it smalller.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    2nd attempt.

    that's better. now it fits right.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    now for the top.

    start by removing the cuffs of the sleeves and ripping out the seam of the sleeve.

    you now have the 2 big flat pieces from the sleeves and the 2 cuffs.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    threadbangers shows how to make a top here:
    http://forum.threadbanger.com/showthread.php?t=11888

    use a swimsuit, tanktop, or halter top that you already own as a template. your dress will be uniquely you!

    i'm going to use a swimsuit pattern that was my mom's when she was in high school.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    here is my main pattern piece. there is also a waistband but i didn't follow the pattern, i just made my own.

    (the 2 sleeves are on top of each other in order to cut 2 matching pieces)

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    here are the 2 pieces all cut out. the most important part is the gathers at the bottom because that will give it shape to fit your boobs.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    then i made the waistband for the front.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 15
    Step 15

    i basted on the bottom of the halter pieces with my machine set on the longest stitch.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 16
    Step 16

    pull on the bobbin thread to gather the material in the center & attach bust pieces to the waistband.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 17
    Step 17

    i cut 2 long strips the same width as the waistband that will go around to the back of the dress and tie in a bow.

    (they get cut off in the picture, but if you click the image you can see the whole thing)

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 18
    Step 18

    i attached the 2 long strips to the rest of the waistband & now the top part of the dress is done.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 19
    Step 19

    pin top to skirt, right sides together.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 20
    Step 20

    sew it up!

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 21
    Step 21

    and you're done!

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 22
    Step 22

    i used the back of the shirt as the front of the dress...

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 23
    Step 23

    ...& it buttons up the back (& ties).

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Summer Dress From Men's Dress Shirt - Step 24
    Step 24

    originally i wanted the buttons in the front, but i knew it wouldn't fit over my head without elastic.

Have you made this project? Add your version
And you're done!

Recent Versions


Comments

Yvonne R.
Yvonne R. · 4 projects
WOW!!! You did a beautiful job!! I love it and the color, perfect for the summer...I have to add this to my "to do" list. Keep up the GREAT work!! Happy
Reply
KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 372 projects
Cute. I like the buttons down the back
Reply

Recent Favorites


Rebecca C.
Orsolya K.
Vicky B.
Sara M.
Elin H.
Susan G.
Recycled Miracles
leanne.bond2
stephanie1704
nisey h.
Akube20
Ire M.
Arite P.
Corinne H.
Stefanie D.
Erica Ray A.
Theresa A.
Patricia P.

Similar projects

Loading...