After spending weeks hanging on my dress form, half done, I finally finished my latest refashion. This dress was created from an XXL men's shirt and L men's sweater. I spotted the shirt at the thrift shop and pictured it right away as a dress with a rolled sweater collar. I patiently waited for it to go on sale. In fact, in my waiting, I thought I had missed the opportunity when I went back and couldn't find it, but no worries, it was just hanging in a different spot. So I snatched it up!
I used the lower half of the sleeves for my new 3/4 sleeves, retaining the cuff detail. With the excess fabric from the upper part of the sleeves, I was able to lengthen the shirt to a more suitable dress length.
I left the shirt's collar band in place, but cut off the actual collar. I used a portion of the removed collar to create a triangular extension so that one end of my new rolled collar could tuck neatly under the other end. In fact, since the original collar was a button-down collar, I was able to utilize the existing buttonhole at the point of the collar to keep my new collar in place.
I added elastic to the waist so that it would cinch up evenly.
I had plenty of the sweater leftover and thought it would be fun to make a purse. So back to the thrift shop for the lining and details. I found an extra long belt with studs that I thought would be fun. And, a pair of brown corduroy pants would be perfect for the lining and trim.
I love the corduroy plaid fabric! The dress is comfortable and the purse is roomy. Besides from a broken needle while sewing the purse, I think it was a success!
Total cost for dress and purse.....$9.50!
For a tutorial on the dress, click here!
For a tutorial on the purse, click here!
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