Mom’s Shirt to Girl’s Dress in Under 60

Hello, MOTIVATION! These warmer days have got me in the most wonderful of moods. It’s like a new found energy! It has also sparked lots of creativity and eagerness to make ideas come to life.

You know that stack of shirts you have that don’t fit you any more? Yeah, same here. I haven’t allowed myself to give them away because, “you just never know when you might need them, or fit into them again (maybe a baby in the far, far, farrrr future?).” So there they sit.

That is until I had the bright idea to create a dress for Little A with one of the “I for sure will never wear this again” shirts. A technically free summer dress wardrobe. Hot dog! And now all the shirts are at risk!

MOM’S SHIRT TO GIRL’S DRESS IN UNDER 60!

Here’s what you need:

Unused shirt
Shirt, tank, or dress that fits your kiddo to use as a guide
basic sewing tools: machine, pins, thread, scissors, etc.

What to do:

Find your “guide” shirt. I happened to whip up this dress a few weeks ago, and it was a perfect guide for the new shirt dress.

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Fold your shirt and the guide in half. Lay the guide on top of your shirt. Position it so that it includes any graphics you may want to include on your dress, or pockets, or you can just line the bottom hems up like I did (no hemming required!).

Trim off the collar of the shirt. Trim as close to the collar as you can.

Mom's Shirt to Girl's Dress in Under 60 -- easy tutorial on how to turn old shirts into new dresses | littlefamilybigplains.wordpress.com

Return your guide, folded in half, to your shirt also in half.

Cut about 1/4″ seam allowance (you can do a 1/2″ allowance if you want) around the neck line, the top of the shoulders, and around the arm hole (cut off the sleeves). DON’T CUT DOWN THE SIDES OF THE SHIRT/DRESS!

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I opted to not cut any off down the sides of the shirt. I wanted to put the dress together first, and see how much needed taken in when on. And that cut down some unnecessary sewing. Now you are ready to start sewing.

My shirt has buttons up the center. I removed the very top button and folded the new neck line down just above the next button.

Start with the neck line. Roll the neck down approximately 1/8″ to 1/4″ and then roll down again to hide the edge. Press and pin along the fold. Zigzag stitch.

Mom's Shirt to Girl's Dress in Under 60 -- easy tutorial on how to turn old shirts into new dresses | littlefamilybigplains.wordpress.com

Mom's Shirt to Girl's Dress in Under 60 -- easy tutorial on how to turn old shirts into new dresses | littlefamilybigplains.wordpress.com

Repeat these steps and apply to each armhole.

Once your neck and armholes are primed and ready turn your shirt right side out. Match up the front and back straps and pin. We are going to do a french seam finish for the shoulder straps. Straight stitch 1/4″ seam.

Turn the shirt inside out and pin shoulder straps together so that they enclose the stitch you just made (no raw edges should show). Stitch about 1/4″ seam allowance.

You should get something like this:

Mom's Shirt to Girl's Dress in Under 60 -- easy tutorial on how to turn old shirts into new dresses | littlefamilybigplains.wordpress.com

Now you have a new tank top to keep for yourself, or continue on with the dress idea… Obviously the armholes are HUGE and just won’t work for a little girl. I measured 6″ from the shoulder seam down and pinned.

At this point I decided to take the dress in a little from the armpit down. I thought about just closing off the armpit and then adding an elastic waist to bring the dress in around the torso, but this way was much easier and looked better with the button detail.

I started approximately 10″ below my pinned armhole. I sewed along the side hem for a few stitches and then gradually worked my way up to the pin.

Mom's Shirt to Girl's Dress in Under 60 -- easy tutorial on how to turn old shirts into new dresses | littlefamilybigplains.wordpress.com

This was pretty much taking a risk, and it turned out perfectly. The dress is not too loose or tight around her chest, and it still flowy throughout.

The most awesome part of this dress….no need to hem! You, ladies and gentlemen, have just completed converting an old shirt into a new dress. Easy peasy!

Mom's Shirt to Girl's Dress in Under 60 -- easy tutorial on how to turn old shirts into new dresses | littlefamilybigplains.wordpress.com

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