Hello everyone! Are you enjoying the summer heat?
For this week’s 49-cent Friday post I thought I would do a men’s dress shirt refashion.
My husband lost a lot of weight last year, and I wound up with all of his too-big dress shirts (Lucky me!).
And so I decided to refashion this plain black one into a little black dress.
I wasn’t quite sure where to begin with this monstrosity……so I figured it’d be a safe bet to start by taking it in from the sides, and under the arms.
After it was perfectly pinned, I stitched it up and trimmed off the excess, as well as trimmed off part of the sleeves.
I then tried the dress back onto my dress form to see how it looked.
After taking it in I thought, “Hey, that pocket looks weird!”
I knew it couldn’t stay there, so I grabbed my seam ripper and started picking away…
I decided I’d like to keep the pocket, and so I placed it in a better position…
After pinning it in place, I stitched it down.
I then rolled up the sleeves and stitched them down at the seams to keep the cuffs in place.
Now the dress would’ve been completed at this point if I were a little shorter (or less modest), but since I prefer having the length closer to my knee, I decided to add a panel onto my new frock.
Here’s what I had to choose from…
I decided to go with the shirt in the middle.
I cut a strip off of the bottom of the shirt, pinned it just underneath the bottom hem of my black shirt, and then stitched them together…
Almost done…but then I noticed that there was a lot of “gappage” at the bottom of my new dress. I didn’t want to have to add a bunch of buttons at the bottom to keep it closed, so I decided to just stitch it closed…
A quick press and it’s done!
So…what do you think?
I’m thinking I should find a matching tie and try to make a belt out of it to go with my new “dress” shirt (get it? “Dress” shirt?).
So there you have it!
Here are some other cool men’s dress shirt refashions I’ve seen lately…
Finally, I still have some “fat husband” shirts left. Do you have any ideas about what I might do with them?
Go ahead and leave your refashiontastic comments below, and have fun in the sun!
Disclaimer: I asked my husband to look over this post before publishing it, and he added all the “fat husband” comments… didn’t want to offend anyone or have you think I was a total jerk!
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