Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day Frills

Awhile back I heard about a great sewing idea to take a man's dress shirt and turn it into a child's dress, and in the back of my mind, I thought, "I'd love to try it out for Father's Day."  Fast forward a month or two to this Friday, when I realized if I wanted to make that thought a reality, I needed to kick it into gear!  With the help of my very talented mother-in-law and one of Nathan's obliging dress shirts, we made a Father's Day masterpiece that Marianna is happy to call "my Daddy shirt dress."

These pictures were taken inside of a not-so-scenic Qdoba, but as I knew chips and cheese were coming, I opted for cleanliness to backdrop.  Here is the front of of the dress, which is actually made from the back of Nathan's shirt. The sleeves were cut from the shirt sleeves, and the only part of the dress that didn't come from the shirt is the little rick-rac trim.




The back of the dress is made from the front of Nathan's shirt, making it a veritable sewer's dream since all of those buttons and button holes were already there.



Marianna was pretty pleased with the finished product.  And who could blame her?  A sentimental, inexpensive, and fashion forward piece, all created by this easy, step-by-step tutorial =).  You should give it a try and see for yourself.

15 comments:

Just'N Angel said...

Great job on the dress! I know that's one she'll keep forever. Plus, how can help but love it when the little sweetie wearing it looks like that!?!

Jessica said...

Melissa L. was telling me yesterday about her friend that made a dress out of her husband's shirt... I didn't know it was you :)

I have been wanting to try this for a while. Yours came out super cute- I think I am going to get started on one this week!

mandiegirl said...

What a fun idea! Good job!

Rebecca said...

Well, that's just cuter than anything. :)

Laurin said...

Super cute!

Lisa said...

Too cute...both the child and the dress

Penny said...

That is the sweetest thing ever! She looks so happy, too! =)

Shannon said...

Are you coming to sewing group? I need to see one being made. It's adorable!

Emily said...

Absolutely adorable! And how fortunate you are to have a MIL who can sew. So cute!

Shannon said...

That is awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

Angie you are so talented and this is absolutely adorable. Livona

Cristi said...

The dress is adorable, so is the sweetie in it.

Anonymous said...

Well, if that isn't the coolest thing! I've never heard of doing that before. Wish I'd known about it when my 32 yr old daughter was a child.

Emily said...

That dress is ADORABLE!!! You are so clever;0)!! Thanks for sharing such a sweet picture!

Married for Keeps said...

What a fabulous idea - will have to try it!