Strolling through the thrift store I came along a beautiful denim shirt by Ralph Lauren. I thought it would be the perfect DIY shirt to dress project. It would make a perfect shirt dress but it is a little too short!
I was inspired by this lacy denim jacket as a refashion reference for my next project. Refashioning a men’s denim shirt into a dress with the use of lace.
You will need:
How to refashion a men’s shirt to a dress:
Grab an oversized button-up shirt. I got mine from the thrift store for under $5.
Try your shirt on your mannequin or on your body. Mark your natural waistline and where you want to lift the bottom seam of the armpit too. I use a fabric marker that washes out because I find it easier to see the lines than chalk.
Rip the side seams from the bottom of the shirt all the way around to the arms. I also seam ripped the cuffs because I was not sure if I wanted to use that detail later when I shorten the sleeve.
Pin the sides of the shirt and arm lines to take in the size. I baste mine the first time so that I can see how it fits before I use my overlocker to serge the sides and remove the bulk.
Sew with a straight stitch. I use my serger afterward to clean up the sides and to remove the bulk. If you don’t have a serger then make sure you zig-zag the seams to stop the fabric from fraying. You can also opt for a french seam if you want it to look pretty on the inside too!
Try it on for size to see if you need any adjustments. My shirt was a good length but a little too short for my modesty requirements so I wear a white cotton slip underneath for day wear. For beachware, I simply slip it on over my bikini as a classy cover-up.
I have also included some shirt dresses that you can purchase if you don’t want to take on this project. What do you think? Would you try it? Let me know in the comments below.