Baby and Toddler dress from a shirt #4

A white shirt with herringbone pattern set the tone. The aim was to transform it into a ceremony dress. N. asked me to do it with english embroidery and perhaps with some balloon sleeves, the rest was left to my discretion.

The fabric did not seem to work in balloon sleeves so I let go the idea and focused in english embroidery, with which I have rarely worked. And it was a real challenge!

The trick was to choose the right embroidery to go with the base fabric, little thin and little light and transform the whole fabric into something fine and dainty to look formal, and the result was this:

The handles have a frill with english embroidered and a back zipper and a bracket.

The neckline is finished off with an application of english embroidery, coordinated with the others I used. As the dress is made with a fabric without any shine, I applied some sequins in the neckline to give it some bright light.

The waist line is also marked with an application of English embroidery.

I added a flower made in the same fabric of the dress and with the same sequins and beads applied. I’m not a lover of bow ties on dresses but I really think that fabric flowers do make a diference adding a touch of elegance and glamor, and after having applied the flower this dress was completely different. It was a great choice!

The skirt comprises two bars of english embroidery, a wider one and a narrow one.

It was a great challenge but was overcome. It was a very interesting experience reusing these shirts and turn them into something new and completely different.

More rewarding was being able to release all my creativity and work in free style and experimenting with new models and patterns, learning new sewing techniques. We’re always learning!

I guess I had never made a dress with so much formality, yet I was not asked to do something similar to what is commercially, It was just meant to be a simple dress and I did it in my own way with few requirements. And I liked it very much!

And you? What do you think this work? Leave your comments!