The cold shoulder trend or off shoulder trend is showing no signs of abating. Frankly I love it. Am not shy about my shoulders. Not so keen to flaunt my belly, bum or legs. The inspiration for this shirt dress was from a blog called A Pair and a Spare. Her shirt dress tutorial is great so head over to her blog to see her instructions.
The first thing I decided with my version of this shirt dress is I didn’t want it to be too short. I had to find the largest men’s shirt that I possibly could. Luckily our local charity shop had two really big shirts. This one was a bit grubby but it washed up nice and clean. Here’s how you make this shirt dress.
You need: –
- a men’s shirt
- matching colour thread
- fabric marker
- sewing scissors
- sewing machine
- medium to narrow width elastic
- safety pin or something to feed the elastic
You do: –
Lie your shirt on a flat surface making sure it’s nice and square.
Cut across the top including a small section of each sleeve. Cut away the cuffs at the end of the sleeves.
Next fold over the top making sure the hem is wide enough for your elastic to fit through. I wanted a narrow fold and had narrow elastic so I wouldn’t lose too much length in my shirt dress.
Sew in place. You can also hem your cuffs and sew them in place. I also had to sew each end of the front closing where the buttons and button holes are to keep the dress together.
Lastly measure your elastic around your shoulders where your shirt dress will sit, making sure it’s a teeny it tight so it will hold your shirt dress up. Feed your elastic through the hem and sew the ends together. Voila! a quick easy comfy and cool summer dress. And you’ve upcycled and old shirt. What’s not to like?
The necklace in the photo I made sooooo long ago from semi precious stones. I have a really old tutorial – here – for something similar. Really should re-photograph some of my older stuff that I love to wear. The early pics were dreadful.
Have a great green week. See you right here soon.