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Friday 27 June 2014

The shirt restructured dress

It's been an age since I've done a crafty post that isn't wedding related! Whilst back in the UK I decided to brave the sewing machine with the help of my mother and try to restructure a shirt into a dress. As a novice sewer with a very basic understanding of a machine, I thought this would be fun way of re-inventing something old into a new garment with some basic sewing skills.

Charity shop shirt

The shirt in question I picked up was a mens XL shirt from the charity shop at £2. The great thing was if I cocked it up I'd only spent a couple of quid so no biggy. I fancied something nautical but with some spare material in mum's box of treasures and the help of my lovely mothership to guide me we created this...

Shirt- charity shop
Straps material- local craft shop
Bandeau- Dorothy Perkins
Espadrilles- eBay

As I am a novice sewer the restructuring was pretty simple, cutting off the sleeves and across the top of the shirt to loose the collar. I then sewed the raw edges over and sewed up the front so it wouldn't gape open around the buttons and added on some sleeves! Mum also helped to add some little tucks in at the front and back to give it a better shape as it falls. Simples! As I say I was looking for a nautical theme but it materialised into more of an America theme with the white stars on the red straps and I love it. It's more of a pinafore dress so I added a plain bandeau underneath. I think it's a great little chuck on dress for the beach or a festival and I'm thinking of wearing this at Secret Garden Party with some crazy sunglasses and a statement lip. Oh and glitter ofcourse! 

Have you restructured a shirt or other garments? Let me know!



  1. This looks so great, gonna try nab one of the boyfs shirts and try this! <3 Gave you a follow your blog is so nice x

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    1. Aww thank you :-). If you give it a go I'd love to see the finished poduct! :-D xx


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