Today, Emily from Domestic Deadline is here to share a fun tutorial with us. She’s got a great upcycle project she’s going to show us how to do. I love upcycle projects. The whole “I made it for FREE!” aspect makes me all kinds of happy. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to figure out how to refashion things, so I’m glad Emily will be showing us how to do this. Let’s get to it!
Then slice the top half off. I measured down about 3 inches from the bottom of the arm hole. I probably should have gone another inch, but I think it ended up working. Watch out for the buttons, you may have to adjust where you cut
Next we are going to attach the largest sections from the sleeves. Don’t worry about sewing them together just yet. Even them up across the front and the back.
Once the two pieces are attached, sew from under the arm straight down to the bottom. This makes it lay nicer than if you sew the two sleeve pieces into a tube first.
Now we reattach the bottom portion of the shirt. I missed a few pictures here, but here’s the lowdown. Line up the buttons, the back centers and the side seams and pin those places. Since your skirt piece is probably wider than the top portion, add a few pleats by pinning them into place evenly across the front and back.
I basted all my seams and then serged but you can also zig zag to finish them. You can stop here if you like. I wanted the dress to have a bit more shape and since there was no way to match up the stripes at the sides and still have enough fabric, I wanted to conceal this a bit. Mark off 2.5-3 inches on either side of the side seam.
Shirr several rows on both sides. I originally started in the middle of the panel but decided to shirr the whole thing, making it lay nice and flat across the front of me, not adding any extra width to my middle!
If you are tall like me or want a longer dress, cut the bottom off straight and using a coordinating fabric add a band as thick as you like across the bottom. Mine was a 6 inch strip, but once stitched on and hemmed, about 5 inches show.
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What a super cute dress! I might have to try this… that would be a perfect style for a nursing dress with the buttons and all. Thanks so much for sharing this, Emily! Go check out even more awesome stuff on Domestic Deadline and tell Emily “hi!”