Monday, April 23, 2012

Yellow Shirt Dress Refashion

I have to thank my mother-in-law D for me being able to make this dress. I am lucky that my MIL loves to shop but also loves to give me anything she has decided she doesn't want. She mentioned on Wednesday that she had a couple dresses she decided she didn't like and wondered if I wanted them for the fabric - of course I said I would take them :)
She gave me two Lane Bryant shirt dresses, size 20. These things were tents!
Original dress with sash/belt

I have had the Simplicity 2403 pattern in my stash for a year or so; even attempted a muslin that didn't work out and ended up wadded up in a corner.
So I cut the skirt off the bodice, took off the sleeves and removed the sleeve cuff. I then used the bodice pattern pieces from 2403 to cut the new bodice pieces from the dress. I had to cut down the collar to make it fit the new back neckline. 
I used the sash/belt to make the waistband. For the skirt I just gathered it to fit the waistband, matching side seams and sewed it together, easy. The cuff fit the armholes so I just used them for the new sleeves. I really like how the sleeves have the slit in the top which I closed at the ends by tacking then attaching a button for some detail. So now I have a princess cut shirt dress in yellow. I've been wanting a yellow dress!  
The cuff worked out nicely as the new sleeve.
I tacked it together on the edge and then sewed a button on it for extra detail.
So, what have you refashioned lately?
Have you joined the Kids Clothes Week Challenge? I still need to get down to my sewing room and get some mending of the kids' clothes done tonight.
Good luck and Blessed Be, Alyssa

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  1. Amazing job! I would also love for you to link up to my Linky Party via

    Mrs. Delightful

  2. That is a great refashion. I've seen so many things lately made with larger sized dress shirts. I love your dress and love the color. By the way, I am doing the Colette Challenge as well.

  3. So cute! Love the pale yellow =)


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