Turn a Shirt into a Dress
Turning a shirt into a dress will work with any size kid's shirt.
Cut the shirt about 1 inch below the bust line or 2 inches below the
armhole. Lay your shirt down and measure the width of the bottom of
the shirt. Double the measurement from the shirt and this will be
the width of your skirt.
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How to Sew a Dress from a Shirt
Measure from the armhole to the desired length of the dress.
Subtract 1 inch. This will be your length of the skirt.
Pick a piece of material that coordinates with your shirt and cut
out 2 pieces measuring from the desired length and width.
With right sides together, sew the two rectangles together along the
sides. On the top of the skirt do a gather stitch about 1/2 inch
below the edge. Do another gather stitch right below the first one.
Doing two rows of the gather stitch will allow for an extra, if one
Gather the skirt to fit the size of the shirt. Be careful not to
pull too hard or your thread will break. Try and keep the gathers
even all the way around the skirt. Pin the skirt seams to match up
with the arm seams on the shirt. Place right sides together. Shift
and gather to fit the skirt and shirt together. Pin in place.
Sew together. Turn the bottom of the skirt up 1/2 an inch and then
1/2 an inch again. Pin. Hem. Hem is what it is called when you sew
the edge to finish it.
You can create an easy kids dress by using this same idea for a
shirt that no longer fits over the head. Cut off the bottom of the
shirt and attach to a different shirt, creating a dress or longer
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