How To Make A Shirtdress

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    Find two to three pieces of clothing for making a Shirt Dress from your closet:

    For the top of the shirt dress: 

    • It should be a button down, hence the “shirt” but not absolutely necessary.
    • Choose a shirt that fits somewhere? Too tight, loose, or short, etc. we can fix that.
    • We can cut off the frayed collar, tight neckline, shoulders, or cuffs.

    For the skirt bottom of the shirt dress:

    • Choose a dress or skirt that has some fullness at the bottom, never mind if the rest does not fit well or is fitted, we will cut across the fuller part so there will be plenty of room. If you want to use a fitted dress, we might want to cut up two. 

    Tap into your designer self: We will be combining the chosen two pieces.

    • Do not be afraid to combine prints on prints, or complementary colors of solid color i.e.color block, or lights with darks.
    • The clothes will be sewn together, they can contrast, match, or simply go together. 
    • Pick a contemporary look with a contemporary print, or bohemian look with a faded piece. 
    • My personal favorite is combining checks and plaids of a similar color or hue but not necessarily the same.  
    • The best are combining stripes with florals

    This will be harder for some than for others. Think about all those clothes that are sitting in your closet that you never actually wear. You may have tried them on but never go out the door in them. 

    Remember we can remake them into something wearable with a new silhouette. 

    Raid your closet, your boyfriend’s, your girlfriend’s, your mom’s, your kids, your dad’s, and your friends, then ask these questions if it’s your piece:

    1. How did I feel the last time I wore this? 
    2. It fits but I will like it better as the top of a new shirt dress.
    3. Is this a representation of my ‘fantasy self’? Or will I actually wear it?
    4. You might, as the bottom of a new shirt dress.
    5. Do I need to be a certain weight to wear this piece and feel good in it? 
    6. We will cut off the too big or too small parts. 


    Keep a donation bin close by so you can say ‘later’ to clothes when the mood strikes,”  “That way, you get in the habit of paring down so it’s not a huge feat to tackle every six months.” 

    Always a good idea to pare down, but this time you can remake something from your castoffs.

    Fear is usually the driving force keeping us chained to our stuff”.

    “We rationalize that we may need that dress for a future costume party or holiday event. But reality tells us that we have never needed it so I say, why keep it?”  

    Except to make it into something wearable.

    We can remake the clothes to give them another chance at a fun new life.

    • Do not cut up Designer Clothing.

    “It’s a no-brainer—sell or donate the expensive designer pieces and get the tax write-off,”  Looking for a bigger investment? Why not try buying stocks for the brands you love? Clickable link. 

    The most important takeaway here is to use up some of the clothes in your closet to make something new.

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