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...
Thanks for looking!
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