Friday, May 18, 2012

Repurposed Shirt into Baby Dress

Mmm... The best laid plans of mice and men, right?  I made Amelia's Easter dress this year from an old blouse of mine.  It was an oooolllllddddd Odille Anthro blouse that I had seen online, LOVED, ordered, and tried to pretend that it looked fine on me.  However, I finally came to the reality that my long torso and that short blouse just did not mesh well.  I couldn't part with it, so I saved it.  Fast forward many years.  I finally broke down, got out the scissors, and gave the blouse some new life.

I took pictures along the way so I could do a tutorial about general ideas for repurposing blouses into baby dresses.

I didn't upload the pictures, apparently.

So now, no tutorial, but after some desperate Googling, I DID find a blog where someone was selling this blouse.  Obviously the seller did not know how cute it might look as a baby dress!  ;D  Here is the blog link:  Striped Odille Blouse

Basically, I left the neck opening completely alone (it was fairly high and tight, so it worked) and cut the blouse where I wanted the bodice of the dress to end (plus 1/2inch seam allowance).  I figured out how long I wanted the skirt and measured up from the hem (leaving the hem the way it was) and added 1/2" seam allowance.  So basically, I cut a strip out of the middle of the dress.  I removed the sleeves, and brought in the bodice until it fit.  I gathered the top of the skirt until it was the size of the bodice, then sewed them back together.  I left the hem of the sleeves alone, but cut and gathered the top part, reattaching them to the arm hole.  I used the belt loops from the original blouse and the belt became the dress sash (unaltered).  The strip I cut from the center of the dress became the hair bow!

It would be so much better with pictures...

Oh, well, I'll just have to snip into another old blouse of mine!

Thanks for looking!

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  1. What a pretty dress,who wouldn't love it!

  2. This is adorable! And so is your model. If you're looking for another place to share your projects I'd love to have you swing by Etcetorize ( You could link this up to the Make it Great party that starts later tonight, and the 3R Monthly Themed party going on right now. Hope to see you there!

  3. It is super cute. I love the little matching hair bow!!



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