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Summer Shirt-Dress

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 🙂

Lola bag

Bella outgrew one of her favourite t-shirts … and neither of us wanted to part with it.

Instead, I made it into a little bag for her …. and it came out *so* cute I want one for myself 😉

It’s incredibly straightforward to do:

1 ) Cut two rectangles from the t-shirt, to whatever size is wanted/possible. This one is pretty small – approx 15 x 20 cm.

2 ) Interface both pieces of t-shirt with iron-on fusible.

3 ) Sew together the sides and bottom – right sides together. I used a straight running stitch initially and then ran a stretch overlock across the top.

4 ) Cut a strip of fabric for the handle – as long as wanted, and double the desired width plus seam allowance. Fold it in half, right sides together, and sew. Turn it right side out, then press so that the seam is in the middle.

5 ) Cut the lining to size – here I’ve used a pretty turquoise gingham cotton out of stash, the same as for the handles. Sew the sides, and across the bottom, but leave a gap in the middle large enough so you can turn bag out when you attach the lining to the bag.

6 ) Tack the handles to the bag – right side to right side (i.e. centre seam should be facing *out*.

7 ) Tack the lining in place – right side to right side, so the lining is on the outside of the bag. Sew in place, and run a double stitch over the handles for extra security.

8 ) Turn the bag out, and slip-stitch the gap closed.

And that’s really all there is to it! I ran a row of rick-rack stitch around the top of the bag, purely for decorative purposes …. it could be left, or a strip of ribbon or other trim could be used equally effectively!

If you make one, I’d love to see it! Post your link in your comment 😉