shirt to easy toddler dress

This shirt turned into the cutest dress, but it’s big! I figure it’s at least a 4T or 5T. Since this season is almost over, I’m going to wait until next year to have my daughter try it on. It will probably need a dart in the back because she’s so tall and thin. The length might actually be ok. Just in case, I didn’t sew the straps on in the front.

shirt to easy toddler dress

My seam ripper was my BFF for this project. I unpicked the stitches from the neckline and used the bias trim to cover the raw edges under the sleeve.

shirt to easy toddler dress

I also unpicked the stitches from the cuffs and used them as the straps. I cut off the button hole end and sewed it to the back. The other half will be sewed to the front. That way I can use the buttons without having to resew the holes.

shirt to easy toddler dress

refashion: This was really easy. Seriously! The hardest part was not poking a hole in the fabric while ripping seams! The shirt was $1 at a garage sale. The best part? My daughter said, “Mom, that dress is beautiful! Is it for me?”

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12 Responses to wardrobe refashion: shirt to toddler dress

  1. amy in ne says:

    Fabulous! That is too cute and you got the ultimate compliment from your daughter. Makes me wish I had a girl to sew for.

  2. Sarah M says:

    ah! That is SO cute, love her enthusiasm. When she’s a bit older she might even enjoy something like this: (reduced price, too)

    Sarah M

  3. Trudy Callan says:

    I love it. You did a fantastic job.

  4. Karin says:

    That turned out to be a lovely dress. I can imagine your little girl loves it!

  5. that’s a sweet green and I love the way you used the button holes! I just can’t get myself used to making buttonholes. I have a button hole presser foot but I still can’t get used to using it.
    very cute!

  6. Cioci Ingrid says:

    You’re very talented, Julie. I’m amazed how you can see something special out of something ordinary.

  7. Sweet Limes says:

    Your daughter is right, the dress is beautiful. You did a great job on it. Those buttons are the perfect details for a little girls dress.

  8. Nancy says:

    Once again–fabulous! I love that you think efficiently, ie, use the cuffs so you don’t have to replicate buttonholes. Genius.

  9. Care says:

    Oh! I didn’t see the button detail at WR; it’s the perfect touch!! GENIUS use of the cuffs to avoid creating buttonholes!

  10. dana says:

    love the green color! Turned out very cute.

  11. Stephanie says:

    I found you through the wardrobe refashion pledge. I mst make a dress like this at some point!!

    xo Steph

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