It all started 10 or more years ago when a father decided that instead of throwing away an old shirt he would give it to his daughter. The daughter, a young and naive reconstructer, fool-heartedly jumped right in! She wanted to make a duster like Mary-Kate and Ashley wore. She didn't know the rules of "measure twice, cut once" or even how to piece together a nice garment, but she gave it her best shot! And shortly thereafter gave up.
Flash-forward those 10 years, the same daughter finds these pieces of scrap in her sewing stash and decides that they may have some potential.
(Yes, seriously, that's how 12-year-old me left it.)
Not much to work with, but she gave it her all and came up with a very warm and comfortable dress! Perfect for fall in Oregon
She even put her own special touches on the finished product.
Here is the tag that gave the dress its name:
And here is the dress's new tag:
And finally, here is the dress without the belt:
The dress itself took 3 days to complete once I started working on it. I am so happy with the finished product! The shirt is a cotton fleece and is very comfortable. However, I cannot get any bigger or I won't fit into it because I sewed up the button area to the waist so I could slip it over my head.
Unfortunately, thanks to 12-yr-old-me's inability to measure and cut correctly, the sides of the shirt were cut off prematurely and don't match up exactly right. In fact, the heart is covering up one of the biggest mistakes that young me neglected to recognize. The pleat in the back is about an inch or two off from where it should be... oops! The heart itself is made from what I assume was fabric from the sleeves. Thank goodness there was enough of it to cover up such an obvious flaw!
This was my first time making pin-tucks in a piece of clothing for myself! I was very excited and proud of the way they turned out. It makes the dress fit so much better!
I would definitely be willing to try and re-create this dress in the future if I can find another men's shirt like this. If I can then I might do a tutorial, but honestly you can find all the tips and tricks for making something like this all over the internet like I did.
Thank you so much for looking! Please let me know what you think