This tutorial uses the Leila and Ben Sweet Little Dress pattern - one I've used over and over and over again. I'm giving away a copy of the pattern to go along with this tutorial, so scroll to the end for instructions!
This shirt works for this pattern because it was wide to begin with, so if you are looking for a shirt to repurpose at a thrift store, look for a wide one!
- One wide man or woman's shirt
- Leila and Ben Sweet Dress pattern
- 1/4" elastic
- 2 safety pins
Center the dress piece on the buttons and pin. You want to let the pattern hang off the bottom of the shirt a bit. Since you don't need to hem it, you don't need as much length. I was making the 12 month size and I used the 9 month dress length.
Cut along the side, sleeve, and top of the pattern. Don't cut down the middle though! :D
Flip the pattern piece over and center again on the buttons. Make sure the same amount of pattern is hanging off at the bottom. Finish cutting out the dress.
Cut out the back as well, but this time you can cut it on the fold.
Lay out the existing sleeves and cut them open. If you can use the hem of the existing sleeve, do so. If you can't just cut the sleeve like you would normally do.
Next, I would baste the top of the dress so that all layers stay together during the construction of the dress.
Proceed according to the directions on the pattern. The only other change is that if you used the shirt's sleeve hem, you won't need to fold the bottom of the sleeve twice. Just fold it up 1/2 inch, press, and sew!
Here's Amelia in her new (old!) dress! FYI, The headband is from the flower pin tutorial, except I serged the top edge after I cut the long skinny piece of fabric. Then I sewed it on some satiny elastic from The Evil Joanns.
I am giving away one Sweet Little Dress pattern (any size). If you already have a Sweet Dress pattern, but like other Leila and Ben patterns, I will substitute another of equal value. Just leave a comment on this post. Want something to talk about? Just tell me something you have that you'd like to repurpose. Otherwise, just leave a comment.
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I will pick a winner Friday, June 10th at naptime! :D