How-to: Make a Dress From Two Shirts

pin the collars
Take the top part of the buttoned-down shirt and cut the collar portion and down the sides of the neckline, leaving two inches for seam allowance. Insert the buttoned down shirt inside the t-shirt. Fold back the opening of the t-shirt neckline into a v-neck. Pin the collar of the button down shirt inside the t-shirt. Don’t worry about the raw edges in the back as they will be covered with the collar but if you want to, you can finish the hem on the t-shirt. But remember, the opening of the shirt will get larger if you hem. Once the collar is pinned, sew around the neckline.

Can you see you are almost done?
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12 thoughts on “How-to: Make a Dress From Two Shirts”

  1. Nice post! This is a nice way to save money on clothes. Thank you for the idea. I usually dye my shirts to give it a new look but after reading this, it gave me some idea on how I can recycle other types of clothing to make a new one.

  2. this is really cute, I can’t wait to try it. I am a little rusty when it comes to sewing so hopefully I will not mess it up to bad.

    1. Oh, I’m sure you’ll be fine. The beauty of this upcycling method is that you are using up shirts you loved and wore well. So turning them into something else means you are giving them a second chance at life. I used these shirts to demonstrate the ‘concept’ so I’m sure your dress will turn out pretty because you will be using shirts that you treasure. πŸ™‚

  3. I am always looking for patternless ways to redo clothes.Β  I have a family of men and this is perfect for those lightly spotted shirts in places where they won’t wear them anymore!!!

    1. Sofine,
      You are right. Clothes show so much better on a person. I couldn’t take a self portrait of me wearing the dress when I was done so I had to resort to the mannequin. But, also, I’m sure you have better looking shirts to use than these and they would look totally different. I was just showing the concept. πŸ™‚

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