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Sunday, November 29, 2009

button down shirt to mini dress

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i took one of j's large, oversized shirts and made it into a mini dress. now that i look at it in the photos, it looks more like i'm wearing a large shirt than a dress. oh well. anyway, to make it, i cut a lot out of the body of the shirt on either side and reattached the sleeves, making them into puff sleeves (gathered before i resewed them on). the final product looks really simple, but i did try variations that i didn't like (elastic at the waist---made it look puffy and unflattering; a back panel to run a belt through along the back---didn't gather smoothly enough) to try to get it more fitted looking (but not too fitted). in the end, i just took in the sides even more and added 2 darts in the back. i plan to wear it with leggings and boots (as pictured) or over jeans, and i like it b/c it's cozy and comfy. i'm always on the lookout for mini dresses, long tops/tunics that i can wear over yoga clothes or just to wear out.

2 comments:

robinde said...

i like your shirt dress! it looks comfortable and cute, and i can see where you altered the sleeves and back to make it more fitted. i'd like to try this same type of idea to sew some dresses for zoe using some of i's old shirts.

Joanna said...

It's cute and looks very comfortable! I think it would be fun to see all the transitions from the initial tshirt, through all the variations you've tried:) Nice job!