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Hi everyone! Today I am going to share the tutorial for this sundress as part of the Summer Sundress Series at Melly Sews. If you're visiting from there for the first time, welcome! Thanks for stopping by.
I wanted to make myself a summer dress, and I thought this floral print was perfect for a shirt dress. The problem was, I didn't have a pattern, and I didn't really want to spend a lot of time drafting one. So I ended up improvising.
I started with a pattern I already had for a shirt, and made some simple changes to make it a dress with a gathered waist. I used a button down with a peter pan collar, but this would work with probably any button down shirt pattern. And yes, there is a dandelion theme at work here. I had a helper.
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Cut two rectangles of fabric. They should be at least the width of the bottom of the shirt, and as long as you want the dress to be. Make sure to account for seam allowance and hem. Sew the two pieces together up the side seams.
If needed, gather the skirt to fit the width of the top. Sew the top to the skirt, right sides together.
To gather the waist, cut a length of 1/4 inch elastic about the size of your waist, plus extra to overlap. Sew the elastic to the dress at the waistline, stretching the elastic as you sew. This will gather the skirt at the waistline. Alternatively, you could use the seam allowance to form a casing and thread the elastic through the casing.
Ta-da! Your favorite shirt is now a dress.
Pair it with a cute belt and you're ready to go.
Check out all the other sun dress tutorials this month!