You gals have dresses on the brain, as evidenced by my formspring.me inbox.
Okay, first to the reader who is looking for more men’s shirt dresses:
I’m sure you’ve already seen mine but in case you had missed any I’ve relinked them above. All were made by repurposing men’s shirts.
I’m also working on another tutorial for you guys for the dress above, made from a men’s long-sleeved shirt.
Here are a couple others I’ve noticed around the web:
midnightintern‘s FABULOUS Rockstar Sack Dress. Have I mentioned it’s fabulous?? (And I’m making a similar one in cobalt blue right now!)
Adventures in Dressmaking posted a tutorial about turning a blouse (men’s shirt will work just as well) into a dress by adding the bottom skirt. Also, read back through her archives to see other tutorials and transformations, as well as a great tute for turning a man’s shirt into a skirt.
Rachel at Transient Expression linked her Shirtdress tutorial in the comments – which I had seen awhile ago and forgot to add in! Thank goodness she caught it – because her chambray pinafore-style dress is just perfect for 2010!
Though it’s in French, km17 has posted the finished results of some men’s shirt refashioning that she did following the instructions from a Japanese pattern book. [I do think those Japanese refashioning books are really cute and innovative (and they can really makeover your man’s shirts!! But then again, I’m biased.;-)] She hasn’t posted the how-to, but you can probably figure out how she did it by looking closely at the finished pieces.
And Wardrobe Refashion, CraftStylish, Craftster.org, CutOutandKeep.net, and Threadbanger are all great resources for refashions!
Thanks for your questions, as always:-)
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Hey Carly! My name is Thera and I asked for the tutorial for the Lilo dress. Thank you so much for writing one. I can't wait to make the dress. So cute!
Here's my tutorial for turning a men's shirt into a dress: http://transientexpression.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/tutorial-tuesday-shirtdress/
Most tutorials would make a dress way too short for me, so I had to make up my own!
Aww..thank you! I love your style and your tutorials. I'm obsessed with DIY so you're such an inspiration to me. 🙂
Thanks Thera! I remember your comment from when I originally posted the photo of the dress last summer. Hope you're able to recreate the piece you love so much!
PS I've just started following your blog – I love the skirt –> dress refashion you posted! And your Etsy bows are super-cute!
Wow, really loved your post! Luv your tutorials! Have a lovely day xx
@Rachel: Oh, of course! I remember seeing your lovely piece a little while back. So sorry I forgot to mention it – will be relinking above.
Carly, thanks so much for adding mine in there!
The pillowcase skirt tutorial you just did is great–I'm going to have to make one as soon as I find the perfect pillowcase. I won't even bother looking in the bins down here in San Francisco, but when I lived in Oregon the bins in Beaverton were awesome for refashion victims. Especially when they first opened, it was a goldmine.
Thanks for including my blog in your post … Very interesting to see other recycled men's shirt