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!

Baby and Toddler dress from a shirt #1

It was a different and original request and one of those I couldn’t resist nor refuse. I love making things with brand new materials but I also like to rethink other uses for things that apparently no longer have much use.

A few weeks ago I received an email from N. wondering if I could turn her son in law shirts into clothing for her granddaughter, a girl little bit youger than my Teresa.

The box with the shirts arrived later to my house and my cauldron of ideas began to simmer! As soon as I saw one of the shirts I new I had to make a pillowcase dress from it!The first dress I saw it as I looked into the fabric of this shirt! I immediately thought of a pillowcase dress! In addition to being easy to make it would allow me to keep the shirt almost entirely. I left the front part of the shirt with the all the buttons, although I closed it with a seam.

I replaced the shirt buttons with my hand made Fimo buttons. For those of you who were wondering why the hell is she making so many buttons, you can see here one of the many uses that my beautiful buttons can have in my creations. And indeed these buttons on this dress makes all the difference. A simple detail that changes the entire dress.

Finally the straps of the dress are two satin red ribbons. Still thought of something more elaborate, but you already know how I am, I do believe that less is more so I kept it simples and it worked as it always does!

This is the first of three baby dress from shirts that I have to make. And what about you? Do you want to make one of this for your girls?

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