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recycled summer dress
I had bought a couple of dress shirts from goodwill will all intent of making a dress shirt dress with one of the tutorials on here. But I couldn't find one with the top I wanted. So I created my own. It's not hard at all..I mean if I can do it (This is my second time making clothing), then you can too. XD It's a 12 step program! hahahaha

Posted by JenJen from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published See JenJen's 14 projects »
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  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get yer' self a dress shirt. I would just go to goodwill and pick up a nice big one. This one was an extra large.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now chop it up like so. Save all the pieces. The arms will end up being the top of the dress and the straps.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    These are your sleeves that you cut off. You should take the sleeves and cut down the seam so you have a larger piece.
    The one on the left is what it looks like when you cut it off, the one on the right is what what it will look like when you cut down the seam of the sleeve.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    To make the top part of your dress you need to draw out a pattern (unless you want to freehand it i suppose) I measured a top that fit well and used that as the basis for the pattern.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    On one sleeve you should be able to cut out the upper part of your dress.
    I added a lining on the back of mine...just so they wouldn't be so thin. :)

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    On the other sleeve you cut two strips from the longest part...this will be a belt part that you will attach the top part of the dress to the bottom part.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew numbers 5 and 6 together so it looks like this. I sewed the two long strips together at the ends to make on long strip and then attached the top part.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    This is the body of the shirt. You will have these weird circles from where you cut the shirt most likely, so what I did was cut down that funny bit all the way down to the bottom and hem it closed.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    This is it hemmed. :D almost done...yay!

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    sew the top part to the bottom part. you might want to pleat the bottom part first and then sew the belt/top on. BUT!!! Don't sew all the way around the dress.just sew the front part. Leave a bit open in the back so you can add a button so it fits.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    sewn together it should look something like this...YAY. ONE MORE STEP.

  • How to recycle a shirt into a dress. Sun Dress Dress Shirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    Try your dress on and mess with the back of the belt(the part you didn't sew together) to figure out how you want the dress to fit. Once you do that, sew a button on one end of the belt and cut a hole in the other. If that makes sense. Add straps and you're done! :D

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Fruity Kiwi
Fruity Kiwi · Salina, Kansas, US · 4 projects
Great tutorial... makes it look uber easy!!!! THANKS!
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Pelagaki E.
Pelagaki E. · Greece, New York, US
wow!!!!!!!!! :O
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
Looks cool and comfortable.
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