Repurposing dress shirts has become quite popular. Our female news anchor had a blouse with this ruffle detail on it last week, I had this cute paisley shirt in my stash, Curly needed clothes, and I had a free hour this past week. All of these things equal a chance to create our own version of the repurposed shirt dress. We made our's short sleeved with the intent to layer it over a long sleeved shirt or under a sweater. Layering will allow us to use this dress year round. When it gets too short it will be worn as a tunic. Her belt is made by braiding ribbon and lace.
A dress shirt If you are creating a dress, make sure the shirt you start with is long enough.
An a-line dress pattern or template I used an a-line dress from her closet.
1. Using a seam ripper, remove the top portion of the collar. And, carefully remove the pocket. Steam iron any marks (holes) left from the pocket seam. The pocket seam will "fade" away. (not pictured)
3. **Make sure to leave 1/4" seam allowance when you cut.** Cut an arm curve to match the arm curve of your template. You can find the arm curve of a dress by folding back the dress to the sleeve seam. Cut around the remaining sides of the template/pattern.
Dress cut out.
6. Cut 1" strips on the bias so that the edges of the strips needn't be hemmed. Gather the strips down the center. You can also use lace or ribbon to create the ruffles.
The sleeve looks like this when sewn in.
13. Hem the bottom edge of the dress.
Enjoy your new dress.