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Topic: men's button-down turned summer dress...now with tutorial!!  (Read 47666 times)
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« on: February 17, 2010 02:59:38 PM »

I've been pretty behind on updating lately, but we had a snow day yesterday (which never ever happens) so I decided to play around with my beautiful new Babylock.  

I grabbed this XXL short-sleeve men's button-down at Goodwill because I loved the color.  I've seen a bunch of men's shirt reconstructions so I combined some of those ideas with a 50s theme that I had bouncing around in my head.

The back is pretty low and the collar serves as the halter.  I meant to make the buttons on the neck strap adjustable, but I didn't want to mess with making buttonholes through both layers of the collar.  It's pretty low and slightly sheer so I'm going to make backless slip to wear underneath.

On to pictures!

(Warning: this is really long!)

You will need:
1 XXL men's button-down shirt (long sleeve or short sleeve)
matching thread
bias tape (optional)

1. Try on the shirt and make a mark where your natural waist (the smallest part of your waist) lies. 
2. Make the following cuts: straight across where you marked your natural waist and the sleeves.  Don't cut the diagonal line yet! 

3. Pin the sides of the top so they fit.  Sew up the sides. 

4. Try the top on again and mark where you want the diagonal line to be.  It should go from the armpit up to the collar, but the exact amount of coverage can be changed depending on where you draw the line. 

5.  Cut on your line up from the armpit, around the BASE of the collar (you can pop the collar so you don't cut into the top part) and down the other side.  Now you have your halter!

6. Cut the back as low as you want...I made mine a little lower than a bra would go but you can do it however you'd like.

7.  Sew two parallel lines on a wide stitch on the raw edge of the skirt and gather to fit your waist. Just unbutton to get out of it (duh).

8. Unbutton the top part and sew the top and bottom together, right sides together.  Make sure the buttons match up on each part!

9. Sew bias tape around the raw edge of the top if you'd like, or just hem it.  I didn't really leave enough room to hem so I didn't have a choice!

10. Try on the dress and see how it fits.  If it gaps too much at the top, cut straight through the back collar and pin where it feels more snug.  Unfold the collar on the left side and leave it folded on the right.  Sew a square to secure, as shown:

(The left side should say "wrong side" and the right should say "right side" but I forgot.)

11. Fold down the left side of the collar and sew cute buttons on, or just leave it as it is. 

12. Wait for spring so you can wear your new dress!

I hope this was clear and I didn't forget anything...it was my first time making a tutorial.  If you have any questions, just ask!
« Last Edit: March 03, 2010 10:58:21 AM by bec89 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010 03:32:52 PM »

Very clever and very well done!
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010 03:54:04 PM »

That is absolutely adorable! What a fantastic recon!

Okay so once again I am completely redoing my pictures. Got tired of photobucket, the only reason I used it was for here so I decided I will just use Craftster's photo uploader. So while I am switching over my photo links will be broken. Message me if there is a post you would like the pics for.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010 03:55:15 PM »

Love the cut of this dress!

« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2010 04:25:18 PM »

Flirty and fun. ♥ Nicely done!
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2010 06:12:18 PM »

This is one of the very best button-down recons I've seen!

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2010 07:50:55 PM »

Very very cute!! I like it a lot.


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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010 04:00:17 PM »

that is RIDICULOUSLY CUTE on you. seriously. a-freaking-dorable.

« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2010 08:00:05 AM »

this is lovely! I have this shirt from my dad hanging around waiting that I finally do something with it... this inspires me a lot! thank you!
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2010 08:20:28 AM »

This is so cute!  I love it!
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