Friday, June 26, 2015

From Shirt to Dress DIY!

Danielle's boyfriend Scott got mustard on one of her favorite shirts so we decided to save it and turn it into a terrific summer dress.  Here's how we did it!
Happy Summer!  xoxo, Mark
 From stained shirt to simple summer dress!
Make the skirt as long as you want!
Snip off the buttons and add a separating zipper!
Watch the short video tutorial here!
1 1/2 yards of fabric
Sewing machine
Matching thread
30" long separating zipper
Cut across the shirt 1" below the waist
If your shirt has pleats or details, run a stitch along the cut
Attach two pieces of 30" long fabric together side by side
*Our fabric was 54" wide so we now have a piece that is 30" x 108"
Lengthen the stitch and loosen the tension on the machine
Run a stitch along the fabric about 1/2" from the edge
Pull the bobbin thread to gather the fabric 
Measure the circumference of the shirt
Gather the fabric to this length and add 2"
Stitch the gathered fabric and the shirt together (right sides together)
Fold the extra one inch over the end of the shirt and stitch
*This will give you a finished edge
Press and then pin the zipper to the front of the dress face down starting at the collar
Stitch on the zipper
*I purposely did not use a zipper foot because I wanted some of the zipper to show
Hand tack the end of the zipper down at the neck
Turn the fabric 1/4" twice and hem


  1. I LOVE this outfit. What a great tutorial. I found you on stylegawker and now I’m following through bloglovin’.

    I’m co-hosting a link party at The Sugar Ribbon Blog and I’d LOVE if you’d stop by and share your link.
    XOXO Heather

  2. Probably one of the cutest projects you have done more like this please.

    1. Thanks Carrie! Danielle even liked it and she's very picky about her clothes. :)

  3. This turned out great! I really love your "use what you got" attitude.

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