Turn a shirt and a skirt or a dress into a refashioned shirt dress! In the excitement of creating the first project for my first blog competition, I didn't take photos along the way. So, I dug into my "to be refashioned" stash of clothes and found another candidate for my shirt dress. This actually turned out to be a good thing, as it pointed out a few areas along the way which could differ depending on the style of shirt/skirt you have.
Arden Refashioned Shirt Dress
Skill Level - Intermediate
Items Needed -
Skirt or Dress
Lightweight fuseable interfacing
Dimensions given are for a 2T shirt dress. Adjust accordingly to get desired size. Sew with a 3/8" or 1/2" seam allowance; keeping the same allowance throughout the project. I used a 1/2" seam allowance.
A short-sleeved shirt is the easiest for this, but a long-sleeved shirt would do just fine. Pretty much any skirt would do, though both of these were lightweight cotton and therefore, lined. You could do this pretty easily without a paper pattern; using an existing woven collared shirt to make your own. I had a nice pattern to use which made this easier.
7. Sew sleeve. I find it works best to carefully guide the bottom, or shirt, layer of fabric so that it's perpendicular to the needle as I sew. This helps prevent puckers or pleating. If it doesn't look right, rip out any bad sections and re-sew.
11. Sew side seams. With right sides together, sew side seams of skirt. Repeat for lining. Finish edges.
12. Finish waist edges.
13. Sew gathering stitches. Run two basting stitches close together along the top edges of the skirt and lining separately. Stop stitches at the side seams so you can gather the front and back independently.
18. Attach belt loop top. Fold raw edge under 1/4" and top stitch in place, staystitching at beginning and end for durability.
21. Notch and press neck edge. Sew a basting stitch along the raw collar edge of the piece without interfacing. Notch along the curve up to the sewing line. Press toward the wrong side along the basting stitch.
22. Sew collar edges. With right sides together, sew the edges of the collar together, leaving the neck edge open.
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