in bloom - men's shirt to toddler dress

Monday, April 27, 2009

i finally finished mackenzie's birthday dress. a little late for her birthday, but hey, we don't mind. this dress is repurposed or upcycled if you will, from one of my hubby's dress shirts. this time, instead of using the button panel for the front of the dress (see previous post here and here), i reversed it. when dreaming up how i wanted the dress to look, i fell head over heels for the pleat in the back of his shirt and knew right then and there that i wanted a little empire dress with cap sleeves. the rest came to life from that moment.

i originally had envisioned a boat neckline, and had sewed it that way. unfortunately, my little one was too small to keep it on her little shoulders - bad measuring on my part, so i waited it out for the solution to come to me. at first i tried adding the adorable yellow button to the cap sleeve to take it in a bit, but no luck. finally, last night while watching the worst made for tv movie ever (they seem to bring me inspiration) i decided to add another layer to the neckline and put in an elastic casing to just close things up. it did the trick!

the flower applique is amy butler and i just couldn't resist adding that little yellow button to the center of the flower and to the hook on the front pleat of the dress. to finish things off i sewed in a dainty, yellow ribbon to add a bit of colour to the back of the dress. perfect for summer, light and airy - she loves it and looks adorable in it. bonus for me is it's one less stained shirt in the donation pile :)

if you haven't tried one of these men's shirt transformations yet give it a whirl. they are loads of fun and super addicting. if anyone is wondering where to find a tutorial for one of these dresses, go check out dana's at made. if you are interested in a tutorial for this one, let me know, i just may be able to whip something up even with my newbie sewing skills to help you along.

have you made one yet?

26 comments:

  1. Oh my! I LOVE this take on it! So many directions you can take this dress. Great work and she is just too adorable!

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  2. Oh so cute! I love this...you did such a great job! The pleat in front is perfect!

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  3. I would love for a tutorial! This dress is so cute!

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  4. Love it, and would love a tutorial, especially with someone whose sewing skills are newbie (as are mine) because hopefully I can follow along better that way! ;) Your daughter is simply precious!

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  5. Oh, that's pretty cute! I love the front yoke and sleeves.

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  6. I love all your refashioning dresses. I linked to this one! You are very talented!

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  7. this dress is adorable. I need to go steal an old dress shirt for DH and try this. If you end up making a tutorial let me know. I am a BEGINNER :)

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  8. Love this dress! Please create a tutorial. You give me hope b/c I am new to sewing. My daughter looks a lot like yours and would look absolutely adorable in this. Your daughter is a cutie!!

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  9. I love how the back pleat of the shirt becomes a detail for the front of the dress! I posted a link to your project at Craft Gossip Sewing Blog:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/cool-idea-mans-shirt-to-girls-pleat-front-dress/2009/04/29/
    --Anne

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  10. A sweet project. I love the way this little girl look in this sweet little dress. The dress is a complement to her innocence as a child. They are only little once. Really sweet.

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  11. This is too cute! Please sure a tutorial when you have a moment!

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  12. Hi Shannon,

    I found this dress on craft gossip sewing and just wanted to say how adorable it is! Great job and so imaginative!

    Linda Lanese,
    CraftGossip felting

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  13. Please, please make a tutorial! I would love to make one of these and am a newbie to sewing. Can't even imagine how to make this on my own.

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  14. I would absolutely love a tutorial to this! It's fantastic.

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  15. ohhh!!! is perfect!!! i love it!!! ;) from spain

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  16. I linked to this - and the pants! - on my weekly link round up. Hubs is a farmer and doesn't have dress shirts to spare, but I bet I could find a good one at the thrift store. Thanks!

    PS - could you stick a comment on here if you do a tutorial of sorts on this (or the pants!)? I subscribed to the comments and would love to see a bit more on how you did it.

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  17. OH, don't mind me. I forgot about the pdf link on the pants. *blush*

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  18. That is too cute, you are talented....

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  19. You're a genius!! This looks amazing; I love it!
    I think I'm gonna try those ypga pants, too. super cute:) Thanks!

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  20. Fantastic pants! Love it!! You mentioned their might be an easier way to close up your seams in the front and back of the waistband. Here it is:

    1. When sewing the inseam to the elastic area, unfold your elastic pocket & sew all the way up.

    2. Then fold over, or double fold, and sew straight across the top, with room for your elastic pocket leaving a small space on the inside of the garment.

    3. Add elastic.

    4. Continue to sew along your elastic pocket line, to create a more 'seamless' look!

    Hope this helps! Love.

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  21. http://coopsnpeps.blogspot.com/2009/08/shirt-to-toddler-dress.html

    thanks so much for yours and Danas inspiration and expertise. I loved doing this...still have a long way to go but loved experimenting and practising. next are your pants to try!

    cheers
    Bron

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  22. Bron - They are so much fun! I hope you give it a try, they are addicting! Let me know if you end up making one.

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  23. OMG!! This little girl is just ADORRRABLE!!

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  24. i would love a tutorial on this little dress. i have a beautiful robert graham shirt i am dying to make into a toddler dress

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