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Topic: XL men's shirt to pinup halter dress- tute on pg 2!  (Read 314900 times)
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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2009 05:09:41 PM »

This is totally adorable! I love the collar!! You could always make it into a long top instead of a dress if you think its too short.

« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2009 11:28:53 PM »

Completely adorable! I love the collar detail.
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2009 06:02:11 AM »

I saw many men's shirts recons, and this one is one of the best I've seen.

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« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2009 06:35:32 AM »

I totally agree with what they said, this is SO adorable!  And I'd totally love to see your random drawings, this looks like it would be fun to wear!
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2009 09:09:58 AM »

This is so cute! You really did a great job Smiley
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2009 09:49:54 AM »

ok, here is more or less how i made it- i'm happy to answer questions if this doesn't make sense.

First, take your shirt and cut it where the red lines are (except less wonky):

You want to cut real close to where the bottom of the arms are, and then cut it straight across the back. Put the shirt on inside out,  pin it so it fits your body loosely, and sew those seams (don't try to make it form-fitting just yet- that comes later).

now, take the collar- just the collar part, detach the excess shirt fabric first- and cut it in half (some of this went beyond my MS Paint skills, so i took a few pictures):

flip it around so that the cut end faces the middle of the dress (where the buttons are) and fold about half your half collar down:

let's all pretend that the scrap of fabric below the collar is actually half of the dress, ok? like this:

except here it's backwards and i can't convince craftster photos to flip it around. sigh.

take your folded collar and fold it over the top of the dress bodice like so:

now unfold the collar, fold a hem in the top of the bodice, pin it down and sew it:

fold the cut edge in:

and sew it down.

Now take some of the excess fabric you cut off the sides, sew a long tube, and cut it in half- that's your halter straps. Attach them them to the top of the bodice.

Ok, so now just put in darts so the thing fits (i put in four in the front and two in the back) and hem the bottom, and yr done! Do not be afraid of darts, they are your flattering friends. There's a little tute on whatthecraft: http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/darts.htm

The darts i put in are shaped like this:

ok, happy sewing! if any of y'all make one, i'd love to see it.

« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2009 06:37:31 PM »

Thanx!!! I love dresses from the 40's. i dont know if I'll make one anytime soon I have tons of sewing projects that I haven't finished yet. I'll make sure to post pics if I do.

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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2009 05:33:23 AM »

that's awesome! very cute.

You can buy a lot of men's button ups at the good will and give them a lift!
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2009 11:31:07 AM »

Great dress, i love the style and shape you gave it.

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« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2009 01:08:35 AM »

holey bemoley,
that's hot!!!

i am doing this, seriously, it might take me a month but OMG that is amazing.
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