If you are on Pinterest I am sure you have seen this adorable up-cycle:
I do not have a little girl yet but I love the idea of this project, and I have inherited a few of my husband’s old button downs and have been dying to do something with them.
Now, as I do not have a wee one’s dress to use as a pattern, I am pretty much winging it here.
Remember to BE CAREFUL when removing the pocket because you can put a hole in the shirt (like I did).
I drew out the silhouette of the dress then pinned on the inside of the line and cut along the lines I had drawn.
With right sides of the little dress together, pin the sides, remember to leave the openings for the arms and the neck.
After sewing up the edges I discovered that I had not made the arms wide enough.
My solution: made the dress sleeveless.
I dug thru my patterns and found the front piece to a toddlers bubble onesie.
I laid the pattern on the dress and traced the arm and should edges with my white fabric pencil. Then I cut along those lines.
To finish the neck and arm hole edges, I grabbed white single fold bias tape and ironed it open, then in half. I pinned this to the edges on the arms and neck – right sides together.
I sewed the bias tape on and then finished it by hand.
Now I have a very cute summer dress for my future little girl 🙂