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Topic: Large men's polo shirt to cute babydoll top. NOW WITH TUTE :)  (Read 11009 times)
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« on: August 19, 2007 08:20:27 PM »

I've been raiding my dad's clothes for recon pieces. I'm especially proud of this..
It started life as a large polo shirt and now is a babydoll empire waist top. It's so cute. I can't wait to wear it out.

The sleeves look kind of wonky on my dress form.. haha.


1. Cut the sleeves off, making sure you completley remove the shoulder seam. Next cut the shirt in half, below the armpits. The best place to cut varies from person to person, so hold up the shirt and make a mark at the wait line. Cut about 3/4 of an inch down from the mark. (This gives you enough seam allowance to gather and sew comfortably)

2. Fit the "bodice" to yourself. Turn it inside out and put it on, pin down the side seams. Sew along your pin line with a stretch stich. Trim excess

OPTIONAL: sew two small pleats or darts where marked for a more tailored fit.

3. Fit your sleeve length by cutting off excess fabric from the raw edge where it used to be joined to the shirt. When you are satisfied with your sleeve length gather about 4 inches along the top to make the puff sleeve.

Gathering: Sew close to the raw edge using the longest straight stich on your machine. Pull/hold the thread to gather as show above.

5. Attach the sleeves. If you don't know how check out:


6. Gather the "skirt" using the same technique as shown above. Don't make one continuous line of stiches, instead break it up into 2-4 sections around the skirt. It's much easier to pull the threads that way.

7. Attach the skirt to the bodice. Turn the bodice upside down, right side out. Turn the skirt inside out. Put the bodice inside the skirt. Pin the skirt to the bodice and sew below where you sewed gathering stitches using a stretch stich.

8. Remove the gathering stitches and trim/press all seams.

You should now have something that looks a little like mine! Thanks for reading , good luck and let me know if you need any clarifications.

I'd love to see pictures of your finished products!

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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2007 08:22:49 PM »

Thats cute! I like the puffyness in the sleeves.. lol

Good Job Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007 12:32:10 AM »

that is very cute, my dads closet is great for that too, although he wear stuff till its literally falling off him, lol.

I bet this fits you great, and I bet you get a lot of compliments, you did a really great job with it!
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007 05:33:29 AM »

so cute! what a great idea!

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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007 09:53:11 AM »

I love this, I'm inspired!!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007 04:51:24 PM »

oh so cute!

« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2007 06:12:54 PM »

rad! i cant wait to try this myself!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007 07:45:20 PM »

this is really cute - i love the cut! it looks like it'd hang well on an actual person, too.
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2007 06:31:38 PM »

can you pleasee post a tute.i really want to make one for school.except longer.lol.
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