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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

plaid jumper shirt dress

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Continuing with my men's dress shirt to toddler dress series, I recently finished this little plaid jumper made from yet another of John's old button-down shirts. Unlike the striped shirt dress, he claims that this was a shirt he actually still enjoyed wearing.  Oopsie.  I'm pretty sure I saved it from last year's yard sale pile, though.  Now, how it got there, I can't quite recall.

To make this little plaid jumper, I followed along with this tutorial by Made By Lex.   I did, however, change it up a little bit.  I added side panels with the pattern going the opposite direction for contrast, only used one pocket, and placed surprise pleats along either side.

See the tiny bit of pleating and the contrasting stripes?  I like how it adds a bit of modernity to an otherwise traditional style.  The straps don't cross in the back and I think they are long enough for her to wear this for quite awhile.  First as a dress, then as a shirt, of course.

Stay tuned for a pink party shirt dress and a lavender tuxedo shirt dress.


  1. Very nice! Love John

  2. It's adorable!! Isn't it so true though, you swear something was discarded and it's not until it's too late that the owner all of the sudden misses it? Hehe.


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