Wednesday, November 17, 2010

men's shirt . . . uh, shirt

I mentioned making Rora several tops for her birthday.  I loved the shirt dresses I made for her, and she practically spent her whole summer in them, but they're too small now, they're not great for fall/winter fashion, and Rora's getting a little too tall to be able to make new ones from a men's shirt because I can't make them long enough.

So here's my compromise:

I used the pattern I had made from Dana's Men's Shirt Dresses, except I narrowed the bottom, and made it shorter so that it was a long top instead of a dress.

I eliminated the contrasting waistband and instead used two loops and a thin tie for the middle.

**Tip:  If I've learned anything from making Dana's Shirt Dresses and these new Men's Shirt Tops, it's that you want to pick out shirts with some kind of pattern or texture.  Plain, one-colored shirts look pretty flat when compared to a shirt with plaids, stripes, or some kind of texture (like a red-on-red pin stripe.)  Remember that you are making this for a little girl, not your husband, so sometimes the most ridiculous looking men's dress shirts make the cutest little girl tops/dresses.**

Disclaimer:  It was windy the day we took the pictures of this shirt, so please excuse the weird faces,

the flyaway hair,

and the apparent frustration!


Veronica said...

I still can't believe you made that. Oh wait...yes I can. I am jealous!!

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Meg said...

Wow, that looks awesome. Very impressive! What a cutie pie! :)
Hope you can join my giveaway going on now, too! Have a great weekend!