It’s simple, it’s classic, and it looks fab …. man’s shirt to girl’s summer dress:
No pattern needed for this quick refashion for a pre-teen!
1) Remove collar and sleeves
2) Cut the neck shape – I’ve gone for a simple square neck, round at the back. The shirt gets turned back-to-front, so that the buttons are down the back rather than down the front.
3) Sew the buttons up at the back – you can either go from hem to top, or you can leave a button or two hemmed to make it easier to get on and off, depending on how big you made the neckline.
4) Use the sleeves to make a yoke for the neckline – cut the shape to match your chosen neckline, interface with fusible web. Then, match right side to right side, and hem as close to the edge as possible. Clip corners and curves, then turn the yoke to the inside of the shirt. Press flat, and then hem over the top to hold everything in place. NB: If you left button openings, you’ll need to adjust your yoke at the back accordingly.
4) Use leftover sleeve fabric to make bias tape (or optionally, use bias tape or ribbon for contrast) and use to finish the sleeves.
5) Run three rows of shirring (with elastic bobbin thread) just below the chest to gather the dress.
Et voila … piece-of-cake style, and summer coolness for your lovely girl 🙂