Here's a super easy idea on how to make a fall dress from a women's top. I stated this project with a three-fourths length sleeve, Banana Republic women's shirt. Below my granddaughter is modeling the top before I refashioned it. Don't you think, it's so stylish over her pajamas?
I'm going to use this tutorial to show you how to turn a women's top into a baby or toddler dress:
From the shirt you're going to refashion, cut off the sleeves and set aside.
- Fold the shirt you are going to refashion in half & lay on top of that shirt a shirt that fits your child.
- Use pins to mark where the arm hole needs to be.
- Cut out the armholes where you marked them.
- Pin the shoulder seams and the side seams.
- Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams.
- Pin the arch of the sleeves.
- Cut the arch of the sleeve out where you pinned it.
- Even up the sleeve seam so that it's straight.
- Turn the dress right side out.
- Sew the sleeve seam.
- Pin the sleeve to the arm hole and sew.
Styling her new Fall dress with her new peacoat. (To see more photos of this peacoat, go HERE.) I know I've said it before, but isn't she so cute in her new Fall dress?
Two lessons learned from making a dress like this:
- If the child is still in diapers, make the back of the dress a little longer.
- If you want to take photos of one of your grand daughters in something you've made, do not attempt to do this right after their parents return from a week without said grand daughter. It will result in plenty of tears, maybe a tantrum especially if that child is a two year old and no photos of the plum dress on this child. (That is what I tried with the plum dress & it was a disaster.)
Linked to: Nap Time Creations, Threading My Way, Creating My Way to Success, Lou Lou Girls, Crafty Allie, The Dedicated House