Madewell Inspired Shirt Dress Refashion In 6 Easy Steps

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!!


A week ago I saw this simple and cute shirt dress on Madewell’s website. I instantly thought of doing a DIY version of the shirt dress. My goal with this tutorial is to make it really simple, so that even beginner sewers can make it. Let’s get started…..


2 button down shirt that are 1- 2 sizes larger than what you wear. Both shirts need to be the same size. I went 1 size larger as I did want to have to deal with a lot of fitting issues. *Be sure to get shirts that are made of high-quality cotton. ( I purchased both of my shirts from the Thrift Store in the men’s section for $4.00 each.)
Coordinating Thread
Marking tool


1. Using a seam ripper remove the pocket from the white shirt. Then give that area of the shirt a good pressing.


2. Now it’s time to measure and cut
For the whiteย shirt, you are going to measure 1 1/2″ above the last button. Draw a line across the shirt at your measurement and cut. (Make sure your shirt is buttoned before measuring and cutting.)


3. With the blue shirt (make sure the shirt is buttoned as well) measure down 1/4″ below pocket. Mark your measurement across the shirt and cut. (If you desire more length remove the pocket off the blue shirt, press the area and cut right under the arm’s all the way across.)


4. Unbutton both shirts pin them right side’s together at the raw edge and sew with a 5/8″ seam allowance. ( If you need more length use a 1/2″ seam allowance.) Trim and finish seam with picking shears, serger or zig-zag stitch.




5. Try your shirt on and decide how long you would like your sleeves to be. Mark the area with a pin. Now lay the sleeves out flat. Add 1″ to the pinned area. Mark your measurement and cut. Repeat to the other sleeve. Next press your raw sleeve edge under 1/2″ and then again 1/2″. Pin to secure and sew close to the edge. Repeat with other sleeve.





6. Give your seams and shirt dress a good press and you’re done.

I hope you enjoyed this refashion tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


Dress ~ DIY
Clutch ~DIY ( here)
Shoes ~ Steve Madden

The Madewell dress goes for $110.00 and my refashion cost a total of $8.00. I am very pleased with how this refashion turned out and the fact that it was very simple to achieve.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

Happy Sewing & Until Next Time,

Sewloveable โ˜บ


27 thoughts on “Madewell Inspired Shirt Dress Refashion In 6 Easy Steps

  1. Ah, lovely. Cute refashion, gives me food for thought! I often see lovely quality cotton shirts in the charity (thrift) shops and wonder about doing something with them. I like this! Thank you for the tutorial and the inspiration! I will let you know if and when I do something similar!

  2. Pingback: Contrasting Sleeve T-Shirt Refashion | sewloveable

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