I guess I’m on a summer re-purposing trend here. The story behind this repurpose is I purchased this shirt for myself at Costco for $12.00. It looked so nice on the table!
Unfortunately not so much on me (boy I wish Costco had dressing rooms!). Anyway, I decided the time and cost of driving back to the store to return it just wasn’t worth the $12, so instead I thought I’d make it into a dress for my youngest daughter.
It turned out that the length was perfect dress-length for her. I just needed to find a way to make the top fit….as you can see, the neckline and arm holes are WAY too big for a 3/4 year old.
I started out by clipping the front of the sleeves.
Next, I cut the back of the shirt just below the keyhole which would make the armholes smaller and eliminate the challenge of dealing with that hole. (Keep it simple, right?)
Now, I needed to find a way to make the top of this dress more fitted to a child. Guess what I did…..yep…..SHIRRED it!
First, I created a clean hem by serging, then folding over the raw edge about 1/4″ and sewing it in place.
Then I shirred the back. I ended up shirring about 3″.
Next I attached the front sleeves to the back by matching up the armholes. And finally, I re-hemmed the inside side hems taking about an inch off each side so it wouldn’t be so big.
A lovely one-of-a-kind summer dress for $12.00 (and a little time)!!
Next time you are ready to get rid of something, think twice before you do….let your creative self take over!