At the thrift shop, I found this men's XXXL dress shirt from Eddie Bauer. It was made of a nice medium-weight fabric with a slight sheen to it, and it looked like it had never been worn. It was huge on me.
I cut it apart in the middle to make a top and a skirt, and I removed the sleeves.
I cut the ends off the sleeves to create a elbow-length puffed sleeve that would retain the original cuff and buttons.
I took the remaining sleeve fabric, cut it open, and used the widest part to create strips for my waistband.
After that, I pretty much stopped taking pictures. Sorry about that! I used a gathering stitch to take in the skirt to the right width. I used the strips cut from the sleeves to create a waistband that I attached to the skirt. I created some bust darts, then sewed up the sides of the bodice before attaching it to the skirt. Finally, I reattached the new shorter sleeves. Here's the final look.
I like how the curve on the sides of the bottom hem shows the dress's origins as a men's shirt.
The sleeves turned out so cute, with the original buttons, and I liked the back pleating, too.
And the before-and-after shot. A perfect fall dress!
Thanks for reading! -Amy