My brother accidentally bought a shirt that was far, far too large for him. Rather than return it, it sat in the bottom of a cupboard for months doing nothing, so I kindly offered to take it off of his hands. Being quite a large shirt, there was plenty of material to work with for my latest refashion, as you can see it swamps me!
I do have a love of all things vintage, so I decided that a retro style sun dress would be a great project. This is probably my most ambitious upcycle to date, and it wasn't plain sailing but i'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, so... grab yourself a large shirt and let the refashioning commence!
I should mention that you'll also need a bit of extra fabric to create the collar, and 1 hook and eye fastener. I had the smallest slither of red plaid left, and I thought it would go nicely with the black.
NOTE: Be sure not to cut too close to the button holes, chop right through the middle so you've got equal amounts of fabric either side of the cut.
You should be able to see the dress taking shape now! BUT you'll need to finish off the upper raw edge, which is where the additional contrasting fabric comes in. You will need to cut 3 strips:
-1 x strip that is 2 inches longer than the width of the bodice, and 3 inches wide.
-2 x strips that are 2 inches wide, and 20 inches wide (these are for the straps, 20 inches should give you plenty of room for error!).
Once the strip has been stitched down, fold it across the other way, so it is now 'inside' the dress, with the ironed edge flapping loose. You will now need to stitch this ironed edge down, get as close to the edge as you can. Once you've done this, fold and iron the strip so that it takes the form of the collar. I'd recommend sewing across again with another straight stitch to keep the collar folded down in place.
this blog (Dimity's Fiber Adventures). Where you sew the straps down is a matter of preference, I pinned them where I thought they should go, tried the dress on and marked accordingly. I had to cut a few inches off the length to make them short enough, then I pressed up the edges with an iron and sewed them to the dress with 2 parallel straight stitches on each join.
Almost done now... I promise!
The result should be a light, floaty, retro style dress that buttons down the front!
I am rather tall so it does come up a little short on me so realistically I'd probably wear this with leggings. Here is the finished product, let me know if you try this out!