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Late last summer, I came across a wonderfully cute shirt dress tutorial from liliash. I knew right away that I HAD to make a dress for Katie, but not wanting her to outgrow it too quickly, I decided to wait until I could include it in this year's spring/ summer wardrobe. I set aside some of my husband's unloved button-down shirts for just this purpose. Stay tuned for more variations of this sweet little shirt dress over the next few weeks.
I bought this shirt for John to wear out to a club one night several years ago. I thought it would be better than his typical weekend tee or polo. Needless to say, he despised it. He said it reminded him of a plastic straw from a fast food restaurant. I think the bold colors are pretty and it makes a gosh-darn cute girl's dress. The sash was made from a scrap of deep gray fabric and top-stitched in baby pink.
Sweetie Pie Katie seemed to adore the dress, though it is a little short. (Measure twice, cut once, remember...) I'll pair it with some skinny jeans for spring or some bright little ruffled bloomers this summer.
Here's phia's party dress tutorial for turning a dress shirt into a dress.
The puffy sleeve tutorial can be found here.
I added a couple of little gathered pockets on the front, too.