Thursday, June 02, 2011

Project-restyle: men's button-down to baby dress

At last, a thrifting post!  As you might remember from this post, I had intended to write each month about my thrifting finds, but as you may have guessed...I haven't actually made it into a thrift store. Until last week.

Our friends, Josh and Angela, are having their first baby.  Josh is an avid button-down plaid-shirt wearer, so I came up with a personalized gift idea for their little girl:

Men's button-down shirt turned into baby pillowcase dress

Men's button-down shirt turned into baby pillowcase dress
I sewed the button band closed, then trimmed the top edge of the band down to reduce the bulk (for the elastic casing) and surged the edges.

Men's button-down shirt turned into baby pillowcase dress

Yes, it's yet another pillowcase dress (with matching hair-bow).  But this one started life as a shirt!  I am always so inspired by Elsie's "Project Restyle" posts, and I've been wanting to try something like this for ages.  Now I'm imagining a larger one for Lavella.... if only she'd wear plaid!  Maybe if I found a purple shirt...

A few more details: I used a 3 month sized baby dress as a template for the width, length and arm-hole depth.  Only time will tell just how well it actually fits a real-live baby, but it looked pretty spot-on compared to the template dress by the time I was done.  With the shoulder-ties it should be a pretty flexible fit.


Jilldarling1973 said...

Too cute! And too cheap! I love it. It reminds me of when I made pants, shirts and jackets for Greg and Keith out of old clothes. 

Double Glazing Kidderminster said...

So cool.  We have lots of male shirts here and I will try that one!

Plumbing said...

Husband is famous for putting his elbow through the sleeve on his dress shirts, and this leads to me hoarding them thinking I am going to make something out of them.

Garage Equipment said...

Casual shirts are quite popular these days. With the changing lifestyles, people need to buy casual and informal clothes for parties, night outs and various.

plumbing said...

Very nice. Actually, it's not that hard to find baby gifts since anything fits with them well.

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