Sally Dress Turned Shirt

Button Down Refashion Button Down Sally Dress Do you know as a kid I always wanted glasses?  When I was a teenager I had my dad take me to the eye doctor to see if I needed glasses.  I didn’t…and I was disappointed. Dress Shirt Refashion Men's Button Down Refashion

Sweet Pea doesn’t need glasses either, but she’s wearing a pair of my “fake” glasses…and I love them!  I am hoping, though, that she follows in her mama’s footsteps and has good vision.  Josh has almost always worn glasses and has enlightened me to how frustrating they can be! Men's Shirt Refashion Men's Shirt Refashioned Men's Shirt Turned Kids Shirt

Okay…so you want to know about the shirt, huh?  (And not just the weird things I have always wanted.)  This week’s theme at Project Run and Play is mad about plaid.  I was this close to not participating because of how busy life has been.  But I dug through my “refashion” pile last night and found one of my husband’s old dress shirts.  Josh has crazy long monkey arms, so if something shrinks ever so slightly, the arms become too short for him and I inherit his hand me downs (good for me, but boo for him)! Men's Shirt Turned Sally Dress Sally Dres Button Down Sally Dress from Men's Shirt

I decided with my procrastinating, I needed to use a pattern that I knew well.  I looked through my pattern stash and decided on the Sally dress.  I’ve sewn it several times, so I could whip that pattern up in my sleep.  Sweet Pea, though, requested that I make this a shirt this time and not a dress. Sally Dress Men's Shirt Sally Dress Shirt

So I did a few things to change the pattern up.  I used the bodice pattern and immediately started to flare it out under the arm.  I kept the bodice piece going and made that my only front piece (instead of attaching it to a skirt piece like Shannon does in the pattern).  I made a cute curved shirt hemline and also reattached the cuffs at the bottom of the 3/4 sleeve length hemline.  I L-O-V-E this shirt and definitely want one for myself.  I might just have to “accidentally” shrink one of Josh’s shirt to refashion for me.  (Josh, if you are reading, pretend you didn’t see that last sentence!) Shirt Refashion

Amazingly, in sunny, hot Florida, today we have had our first day of fall weather, which was perfect for this post!  The temps are in the 70*s!  Wahoo…I’m doing a little happy dance.  But the weather man says we’ll be back up into the 90*s by the end of the week. Sally Dress Turned Shirt

Happy first day of fall weather everyone!

  • What a great refashion! I agree–I could use one of these for myself as well 🙂

    • Teresa

      Thanks Beth! Amazingly, this is my first refashion of one of my husband’s shirts. I see many more in my future!

  • Renee

    You sure made that quick! Really great refashion and super adorable in those glasses.

    • Teresa

      I only had a small window of time to get it all done today…and amazingly everything just worked out perfectly!

  • I’m LOVING the Sally dress… a dress AND as a shirt! GREAT JOB!!

    • Teresa

      Thanks…it really is a great pattern! I’m loving all of the possibilities with it!

  • This is amazing! Great idea, great execution, super great model 🙂 I never caught that you were in Florida for some reason. I’m from Miami 🙂

    • Teresa

      Thanks Adrianna! We are headed down to Miami in the spring for a looooong run to the Keys!

  • This is so cute, I would totally wear it if it were grown-up size! I try to steal my husband’s dress shirts, but he doesn’t give them up easily 🙂

    • Teresa

      My husband is the same way…he hangs on to his clothes forever 🙂

  • Cute! Love the refashion.

    • Teresa


  • Cool is all I can say 🙂

    • Teresa

      Thanks Jenya!

  • What a great idea. I would totally wear this, though very appropriate for a little one too!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Jenya….I can’t wait to see how your lady skater dress turns out!!!

  • Such a fun shirt! I’ll have to try this with my older daughter. I love the look!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Karly! I was nervous if my girl would continue letting me sew for her as she got older, but so far so good!

  • 1. My husband has long monkey arms to…what’s the deal with that?
    2. I love the Sally dress turned into a shirt…so cute…
    3. I want to make one for myself as well!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Liz….those long monkey arms make it super hard to shop for my man! Online ordering has been a life saver for us!

  • I love this! Such a great idea for that pattern! I agree that I wish I had one for myself!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Shelly!

  • Zoe

    Cute! I’ve had glasses since I was 8. At times they can be annoying (eg rain + glasses = needing windscreen wipers) but generally they don’t bother me too much. It also means I can have fun picking out frames 🙂

    • Teresa

      See…that’s a girls take on it. Good job finding the fun in glasses!!! 🙂

  • I love this. The plaid is so cute and subtle and all the details like the curved hem and button cuffs just make it so special. If only MHM wore button down shirts that I could refashion. Beautiful job.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Kristi!

  • Such a cute shirt. Very nicely done!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Caroline! It has already been worn out and about a few times! I love it when mama made things are a hit with the kids!

  • Emily

    I know I’m very late to discover this little gem (and what a gem it is, it looks so classic with a superb funky twist on your daughter!). I want to try making an adult one too! Do you think you would you try and fit it in the bodice at all? Maybe just in the side seams…

    Either way, I really love this idea and execution!