Anyway, when I found out I could MAKE a toddler dress by reusing a man's shirt, I was super excited. Princess is in desperate need of Summer clothes now that she has grown out of everything and if I gave her the choice, she would wear a dress Every. Single. Day. The other day we were going through my husband's closet and just as we were about to throw an old dress shirt away he said to me, "Or you could save it to make something." Um, yes! Score! I had totally not thought of that. Nice work babe. The funniest part of the whole thing though is the reason we were going to throw it away was because it has a huge poop stain on it from when you-know-who was a baby...and now she is going to wear it!!! MWah Ha Ha HA! No, it should be cute. Let's find out.
What you will need is:
An old button down shirt (preferably without poo stains)
A dress that fits the Toddler you are making the dress for (this is the "Brooke" pattern)
|Here is the before. And the very confused child wondering why the heck Momma is dressing her in Daddy's shirt and laughing hysterically.|
|Here is the notorious stain.|
2. Take a deep breath and maybe a sip of wine and cut. And remember if you screw up, you were going to throw the shirt away anyway...Hence why its better to use "old" shirts for this project.
|I actually tried really hard cutting this.....its better than the napkins anyway.|
3. Remove pocket (if applicable. After I was finished with the whole project, I almost wished I had left it on, because it would have worked as a pocket. But I didn't know it would work out that way.
|Cut straight across. I definately used the grooves in our counter to cut straght.|
|I basically just bunch it together and pin, making sure that each side is still pretty even.|
|Do your best to line up the buttons in the center.|
|Here is what it looks like pinned on the inside. Just like the napkin tutorial. You want the pretty sides facing each other.|
|Here is a picture of my "rouching" method.|
|Now the front is finished. :) Almost there.|
|Here is the finished armhole.|
13. After trying it on the model again, I noticed there was a little more material in the back than I wanted...Like it was showing in the front. So I added two little "darts"?? Kinda like those you see in other dress shirts.
|This is the back where I added the darts. I did them right along the empire waistline.|
|Here is the after. And a model who is WAY too distracted with shows.|
|The darts. Probably the most professional looking part.|
|Sucess! Love her!|