Refashioning shirts – toddler dress pattern

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Have you been following Makery’s series The Refashioners 2015 . There’s been some fabulous designs created from former shirts by a wide variety of sewing bloggers. There’s an opportunity to join in, entering your own refashioning of a shirt for the chance to win a prize worth over £700. I have so many ideas re shirts, I’m not sure where to start. But that’s great as you can enter as many creations as you like, the only problem I have is time…!!

My first refashioning is a toddler dress. I have used four shirts to create a simple dress for my niece.

Toddler Dress Pattern, use four mens shirts to create a stylish toddelr dress

I used this toddler dress pattern as the basis for my design. I started with cutting out the bodice and sleeves.

bodice pattern pieces

Sewing up the curves seams I created the basis of top. Dividing the suggested length of dress into four I used strips of shirt gathering them slightly to add some fullness to the dress.

Refashioned shirt layers

I stitched the seams using a overlocker.

toddler dress pattern using refashioned shirts

I took the button placket from the pink shirt and added to the center of the dress as a feature.

shirt button details

Next up the side seams.

toddler shirt dress side seams

Finally adding elastic to the neckline and sleeves. The design of an elasticated neck makes this really easy to take on and off a baby/toddler.

elasticated sleeves, toddler dress pattern

I love the result, more importantly my sister in law likes it too (my brother recognised one of the shirts as his!).

Toddler dress made from refashioned shirts

Refashioned shirts into toddler dress, elasticated neck for easy dressing

To see other entries to the competition visit the pinterest board Refashioners 2015. Are you tempted to join in?




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    • Vicky
      September 1, 2015 / 8:32 am

      and now I know they are called button plackets, amended my post!! Thanks Pam:)

    • July 7, 2016 / 3:09 am

      Hi Vicky, Just letting you know I’ve featured your fab dress in a roundup of refashioned shirt projects. I’ve also added it to our latest link party – Reusing Shirts and Ties. Hope that’s OK.

  1. September 1, 2015 / 3:09 am

    I have so many shirts that I plan to refashion. If only there were more hours in the day.

    Combining shirt fabric in one dress looks great. I especially like the blue and pink fabric at the top.
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    • Vicky
      September 1, 2015 / 8:31 am

      Have to admit I was somewhat surprised at justy how many shirts i had ready for refashioning! If only we didn’t have to sleep!!!

      • Vicky
        September 3, 2015 / 6:31 am

        reat idea, they are perfect for summer shorts:)

  2. September 1, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Gosh that is cute. I love the way you have reused the buttonband. Good luck in the competition.

    • Vicky
      September 1, 2015 / 8:30 am

      Thank you:) Don’t expect to win, the competition is stiff! Which does mean lots of inspiration for other projects:)!!

  3. Free Spirit Designs
    September 1, 2015 / 10:00 am

    What a gorgeous design! I love the idea of upcycling shirts and little one looks so adorable in her new dress 🙂 x

  4. Michele O'Callaghan
    September 2, 2015 / 12:00 am

    Super cute. In this world of materialism I love reusing and repurposing items!
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  5. September 2, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    That’s a gorgeous little dress! My husband’s shirts usually end up as toddler trousers 🙂
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    • Vicky
      September 3, 2015 / 6:31 am

      Thanks Hayley:)

  6. September 3, 2015 / 5:22 am

    I was expecting you to use the button placket to open and close the dress! Never thought to make a dress from shirts like this! Way cool idea! And I know a certain toddler who loves new dresses!! (my 2 yr old grand baby!)
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    • Vicky
      September 3, 2015 / 6:30 am

      I wondered about using the button placket as the opening too, but thought the buttons woud be just too far apart and gape on a toddler dress. My sister in law likes the ease of putting the dress on and off. I am sure your grand baby would love a shirt dress:)

  7. September 5, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Seriously clever stuff Vicky. I love the way that you have used the button placket on the back of the dress. x
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  8. September 5, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    Vicky – I LOVE this! Definitely need to put this on my to-do list for my baby girl. Love the color combination too!

  9. September 6, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Ohh that is soooo sweet and your niece looks adorable in it! Such a clever idea! I wonder if it’s possible to do something similar with t-shirts. I have a whole bag of my boyfriend’s old t-shirts waiting to be turned into something!
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