Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Heavenly Summer Shirt Dress

Summer has finally arrived in Britain! That silly gulf jet stream thingy has moved and the sun is here! I am also on summer holidays, only working two days a week (plus some Saturdays... Ain't nobody got time for that).

On my first day off, having worked a few extra days for a few extra pennies, I made my first dress of the summer! 

I found the tutorial a while ago, when it was still cloudy and wet and strolled down to the Aladdin's cave of a charity shop in town. I stumbled upon a beautiful, huge, white and mint green striped gentleman's cotton shirt, and snapped it up for a mere £1 (this charity shop is my favourite, FAVOURITE shop ever). I just want to add that I am not a shirt-dress wearing person, they make me feel like I should be pregnant while wearing them (apologies if you wear them, I am sure you don't look pregnant in them, and in fact look fabulous.)

Now, I am usually pretty tech-savvy BUT about a month ago I thought it would be a good idea to reformat my SD card so that it would allow me to put my running music on my phone, and then I could use my Endomondo app to track my runs/jogs/fast-paced-walks. However, what I didn't realise was that all my pictures (and coincidingly, (Spell-check tells me this is not a word, but I am using it) my MMS settings) were saved to said SD card. Doh. So unfortunately, I don't have a before picture. But please, imagine if you will, a very large man's cotton shirt with delectable mint green and white pinstripes, with lots of enticing fabric...

And with the help of this tutorial, I ended up with this little beauty:

What do you think?

I reused the pocket on my shirt, for an extra bit of detail (plus it will hold money for ice-creams). It's such an original way to turn an old shirt into a dress, and I'll definitely be making more of these - I will have to think of different detailing I can add to the front to make them look different! 

I think I may add another button to the front, as it's only got two.

Comments/criticism appreciated!


  1. it's adorable!!! what tutorial did you use?

  2. Thank-you! This one here: