Tutorial: DIY refashion shirt into sundress!

LuzPatterns.com DIY tutorial refshion shirt into sundress

 

LuzPatterns.com DIY tutorial refshion shirt into sundress

This DIY refashion doesn’t need much introduction, the little girls sundress made out of dad’s shirt is not a new concept, but I wanted to do my own version, I have refashioned leather coats into bags and I have made bags out of denim, but I wanted to make sundresses with the pile of old shirts I have at the back of our wardrobe!

I wouldn’t be much of a crochet designer if I didn’t add my own twist would I?, I used only one ball of DMC Natura XL just cotton and one of daddy’s old shirts.

Here is how i did it, I marked a straight line across just below the armwholes

LuzPatterns.com DIY Tutorial shirt to sundress 1I wanted to use the buttons all the way to the top of the dress so I didn’t cut them off

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Finished all the edges and did a gather stitch.

LuzPatterns.com DIY Tutorial shirt to sundress 3 LuzPatterns.com DIY Tutorial shirt to sundress 4I made the crochet bodice

LuzPatterns.com DIY Tutorial shirt to sundress 5 LuzPatterns.com DIY Tutorial shirt to sundress 6 LuzPatterns.com DIY Tutorial shirt to sundress 7Attached the bodice to the bottom

LuzPatterns.com DIY Tutorial shirt to sundress 8I hand sew the bodice to the fabric because I didn’t think my machine was going to go through the thickness of the yarn

I wanted to make a little cap sleeves so I unpicked the sleeves from the shirt and cut two little sleeves, I didn’t really measure anything, I just chop them and cut them to the size I thought it will be okay really, that is what I like most of a refashion!

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Again did a gather stitch all along the straight cut of the fabric and finished the edge with a little seam

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I folded them in half and marked the middle, place that in the shoulder of the bodice and again sew them by hand.

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I didn’t think I was going to do anything else to it but I really wanted to show that it was a preloved shirt so I decided to cut the cuffs and after folding the edges over, I made some super cute pockets!

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Sew them on the sides are that is it! I love the dress and the girls love it too! I am been told that they are two and there is only one ‘Daddy dress’ so I need to make another one ASAP!

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I hope this has giving you some inspiration to produce something new with something that was destine to charity or textile recycle!

Have a lovely weekend!

Luz xx

 

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3 Comment

  1. Marie Tang says:

    Hi Luz,

    I love your DIY “Daddy’s Shirt Dress”! It’s a great inspiration to make a few for my granddaughters–I am very blessed to have 9 grandchildren and two are 4 months apart and best friends! They would love to wear something like this:).
    Like you, I’ve been a crafter since the age of 8, beginning with sewing, then adding knitting and crocheting and many other needlecrafts as well as the studio arts. I love life and all it has to offer! Never a dull moment. As soon as my grandchildren realized that I could make things, the requests came in one by one (besides the basics, costumes are the biggest year round hit & currently, I am working on a capes). I always have several(?) projects going on concurrently–I love it.
    Thank you for your ideas, inspirations and patterns!

    1. luz.mendoza@luzdelaguna.com says:

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks so much for your note, I love to hear from you guys! it is so great when you realized you are not the only crazy woman making things for your family! in London it’s so rare I could just as well be a green alien! 🙂

      Keep it up! and share your pictures when you have a mo!

  2. Char says:

    Well I guess I don’t have to spend the weekend figiurng this one out!

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