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Topic: My first Cheytown shirt-dress!!  (Read 1910 times)
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« on: February 16, 2008 01:25:08 PM »

This is my first reconstructed shirt dress for a kid / toddler following Cheytown's fabulous tutorial (many thanks Cheytown!!). This wee dress started life as a cream-coloured cotton women's button front work shirt donated to the cause by my best friend. I forgot to take a shot of the shirt prior to taking my scissors to it!!  Tongue

Following the tute, I hacked it up with my trusty scissors, used bits off the sleeves to make the cap straps and the back of the shirt became the front of this dress. Unlike the dress that Cheytown used, this shirt did not have a yoke. This made the front of the dress rather uninteresting. Here is the finished front .

So I added a piece of printed fabric from my stash to make the bodice more interesting effectively creating that second layer of fabric that a yoke would have provided. I added a bit of lace trimming to the top of the dress.

Here is the back of the little shirtdress - the front of the original shirt with the buttons has now become the back of the dress. I added the ties in the printed fabric to add a bit of interest to the back. I got a friend's little girl to try it on and it looked really nice on her. Tunic length - not dress length as the original shirt was not a long one and I had to work with the amount of fabric I had there.

I am really thrilled with this little dress. Sorry I dont have a proper model for this dress my dd is only 9 months old and itll be quite some time before she grows into this!! LOL!! This was a really fun project to do. Thanks again Cheytown! I have 5 6 plain coloured ladies button front work shirts to move onto now as my friend had a clear-out and gave me several shirts to use as experimental fodder! DH doesnt actually own very many shirts so I shall have to seek elsewhere for longer mens shirts to reconstruct.

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2008 05:53:55 PM »

The front looks great and I love the ribbon sash - its very pretty.

« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2008 03:02:13 AM »

Thank you Vegbee!
I think i made the shoulder straps too short ... I'll get it right next time!

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