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The spring air has brought on a flurry of girly sewing around here… not for me (yet!), but for my nieces. This little shirt-to-a-dress overhaul is simple and the result is too cute!
To make a toddler dress from a women’s shirt, you’ll need:
-a longer smock-ish type shirt (mine was a top from Forever 21 [size small] that never quite worked for me)
-ribbon or fabric for the ‘sleeves’
-a sewing machine
1. Slice off the top of the shirt under the arm pits.
2. Fold (and iron) down about 2″ of the top of the shirt. This will become the sleeve casing. Cut arm holes on each side. I measured 3″ in from the edges horizontally and 4″ down vertically, connected the two into a little triangle and cut.
3. Either double roll and iron or serge and iron the arm holes and the casing. Stitch these two seams down.
4. Thread your ribbon or fabric through the casing. Sew it together, making a loop. Done!
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Nancy's Couture says
Awesome!!! I need to go raid my closet. Great tutorial!!!
1 Funky Woman says
Super cute, what a great idea!
Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen says
Cheerful fabric and designs! Cute1
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Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen
I love making over clothes into another style1! This looks great!
Super fast & easy tutorial. What a great idea. I've started a McKLinky party called Tot Tuesdays & I hope you'll stop by & share some of your inspiring ideas:
Jen Sue Wild says
verry very cute!!
What a cute dress!! I love the print & color of the blouse you used – it's perfect for the dress!
I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
One word, ADORABLE!
Sarah's Deals says
I can't wait to try this. I have so many shirts that just aren't worn anymore and my daughter would love them!
Rachel Lynn says
So cute! I kinda wish I had a little girl to make one for, but we aren't ready for that yet.
Thanks for the tuturoial! You make it look easy! I'll have to give it a go.
The Fifth Street Mama says
Wow that is so cute! I wonder if I could make this without bothching it.
Absolutely adorable. Nice work!
Hi girls – this is really cute – lucky nieces!
Really cute! Great idea.
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Pati @ A Crafty Escape says
Love that and want to make it for myself!!!
Seriously genius idea. I'll have to keep on the lookout for shirts like that to transform for my little dress-a-holic.
Jessica Hills says
That is super cute. Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!
The Persimmon Perch says
Very cute. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules
This is really cute! I love the colors…
Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life as Lori. Please join me next week for another great party!
LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂
L ~DIY Diva~ says
I'd love to have this linked to my weekly link party "Make my Style Mondays"
Dewi Citra Sari says
my oh my, i have a lot of shirts to try on 🙂 i'll really have to make one or two, i'll tell u if i'm done ^_^
thank you !!