Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Toddler dress from Daddy's dress shirt

I was putting some clothes into the "donate to charity" bag in the garage and saw that my hubby had tossed this shirt in the pile. I immediately saw the potential for transforming this into a garment for either Little Miss or Mr. Man.

For those who don't know, buttonhole making is my sewing Kryptonite. I don't mind making them or sewing garments that have them. Invariably when making more than one however, my machine loses its mind and goes insane! One or two of them refuses to go in correctly. After all the work on the garment, my project could be shot, due to poor buttonhole sewing near the end. I got overjoyed at the thought of not having to battle my machine to make four buttons for this project.

I decided that this shirt would work great as toddler dress for Little Miss. What was better was that I had a photo of her and Hubby when he was wearing it! I decided that the toddler dress in Simplicity 2907 would be the base for this re-fashion.

Below is my review and my project pics.
Pattern Description:
Toddlers' pants or shorts and dress, shirt or vest

Pattern Sizing:
Size A 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4 I made the 4.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, except I made it without the collar.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy, I barely used them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?                      
I liked that the pattern was simple and fast to put together. It was also easy to modify the way I did.

Fabric Used:
I re-purposed a dress shirt my husband had in the donate pile for the blouse. I used a remnant of denim I had in my stash.  

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I used a dress shirt my husband was going to donate for the bodice. It had the buttonholes and buttons sewn. I omitted the collar on the neckline and applied bias tape to finish the v-neckline I cut. To the back, I added two strips of elastic to synch it in a bit as I thought it was too loose.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes! I especially recommend it if re-purposing a dress shirt.

Conclusion: Great pattern, easy to sew, great results!

 Here is the original shirt on hubby:
Here is the re-fashioned version:
I think she likes it!

Too cute!

I like the elastic detail on the sleeves

Elastic in back
 I love the way this turned out, now where is that donate bag?
Happy Sewing!


  1. This is absolutely adorable! (Both the top and your daughter!!) What a way to recycle something and make it just like new! Great job!

    1. Thank you Myra! She gave me a few more of his shirts for me to make more. Only problem was she took them from the closet :)