Take an old shirt and transform it
into a beautiful summer dress
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to take an old shirt and make it into a beautiful summer dress.
- You can insert lace or a different colour fabric in-between.
- I am a lacy girl so I added lace for a feminine look
1: Take off the pocket and the collar being careful not to rip the fabric.
- I left the collar stand so the dress will have a tunic collar.
2: To make the halter use a ruler to draw a straight line from the shoulder to underarm and cut away the sleeve.
3: Determine how wide you want to insert lace or contrasting fabric. Start cutting from under the arm so as not to alter the armhole.
4: Number each section, so they will not get mixed up when stitching pieces together.
5: Stitch the lace in between in number sequence.
I wanted the shirt fitted so I took in the sided. this is optional.
Some shirts are tapered if this is the case you can adjust the lace using a small dart to align with the side seam so it will fit flush around the shirt.
Leave the number pinned on until the dress is complete.
- I added lace down the front for emphasis.
This is a fun project. it can be worn as a dress or with tights underneath.