I made this dress in a couple of hours for just $6.
Talk about a lucky score! I found a stash of enormous men's dress shirts at the Salvation Army for $2 a piece. I grabbed four of them in this pretty, robin's egg blue color, and another four in a soft, buttery yellow.
I normally repurpose men's shirts into aprons like these (click here for details in a prior blog post):
...But decided to give dress-making a go this time.
I started by taking one shirt and narrowed the sleeves and bodice:
I picked the pocket off of a second shirt...
...Then cut it in half, just below the arms:
I baste stitched along the cut line then pulled the threads to gather it:
Then stitched closed the button placket:
I pinned the gathered shirt to the first shirt and sewed them together.
I topped stitched the waist, where the bodice meets the skirt:
The dress was complete. Until I tried it on and realized it was way too short (at 5' 10" this is a very common problem for me!). So, I took a third shirt and cut several inches off the bottom...
...And pinned it underneath the hem of the dress. Following the hemline of the dress, I top stitched the pieces together and stitched down the button placket of the third shirt.
Dog walking on a sunny spring day was the perfect excuse for donning my new dress. Notice Twyla's collar corsage? Click here for the blog post on how I made it.
Oh, and why wear just one pearl necklace when you can pile on 7?!
I love it when I can elicit a big eye roll from Captain Project!