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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.)
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 white 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,
27 thoughts on “Madewell Inspired Shirt Dress Refashion In 6 Easy Steps”
This is such a great tutorial! And the finished shirt is perfect. I love the sleeves!
Thank you so much!!!
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!
Thank you so much……I can’t wait to see your version!!!! Now I want this dress in all sorts of color combinations.
I love also that you didn’t have to make all the buttonholes! They’re tricky to get all lined up and looking good!
I hate doing buttons and buttonholes, so this dress is extra awesome! Thanks for the inspiration. x
Thank you soooo much for stopping by.
Your blog is great! I’m so glad to have found it. x
Ditto…..happy to have found yours as well. I love to be inspired by the creativity of others. Happy Blogging I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog!!!
Amazing job! It looks just like you bought it!
Thank you!!! ☺
You look fantastic! Such a great look transitioning into Spring! Gorgeous photos. Great work I could never sew I have two left hands LOL!
Thank you so much!!! Lol…..at the two left hand. Forget the sewing your hands were made for shopping. 😉
Haha I like the way you think!
Super awesome, it looks so cool! (Even better then the store one in my opinion😀). I need to try this!
Thank you so much!!!! 😆
Awesome tutorial and what a gorgeous dress!!! Very talented lady – well done, it looks amazing 🙂 Xo
Thank you so much for your kind words, it’s truly appreciated. ☺
So very welcome, you’ve got such a creative flair 🙂 X
Love this DIY! You really nailed the shape and look of the Madewell version 🙂
Thank you soooo much.
Okay…this is amazing! Love this so much! The possibilities! Thank you kindly for sharing. I want to give this project a go!❀
Thank you so much, I hope you give it a try …..endless possibilities of color combinations or patterns to make it your own!!!
Yes indeed. This is so cool and great on any body type too! I’m super excited. You are so kind to share! I mean that!❀❀❀
Thx, so much for the kind word!!! You just made my day!!!😄
And that makes mine! ❀
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