My daughter has been on a dress kick lately where she only wants to wear dresses. I had this idea in my mind of a chevron dress (not multiple chevrons, just a a single chevron so that it formed a V and then repeated) with the chevron on the bottom and a regular striped top. I drew a little picture of what I was hoping for and showed it to my daughter. She gave the all important approval and I was off to refashion. Last year I picked up some striped shirts from Old Navy for $0.47 each.
I grabbed like 5 of them thinking I would refashion them into something. Now was their time to shine. I used 3 women’s xxl shirts for this refashion. I started by cutting up the side seams and shoulder seams so that I had flat pieces of fabric to work with.
I did this with 2 shirts so that I had 4 rectangles. Now it was time to make the chevron. With the right side of the fabric down, I held down one corner and folded the corner just above it into the fabric piece at an angle.
I got another piece of rectangle shirt and did the same thing but on the opposite corners. I pinned them down and then matched the two pieces up to make sure that I had the same angle and that the strips would match up perfectly to each other forming the chevron V. While it was still pinned, I used my scissors to cut up the folded part.
I cut the top of the chevron V so that it was straight and would be able to match up to my dress top. For the dress top I took the 3rd shirt and placed one of my daughters other shirts on top of it and used that as my pattern.
Next, with right sides together, I sewed the shoulder seams of the front bodice to the shoulder seams of the back bodice. Now for the sleeves. I grabbed another shirt of my daughters and traced the sleeves to make a pattern for the sleeve.
I used the excisting sleeves from the cut up shirt and cut out my new sleeves. I pinned the new sleeves into my dress, right sides together, matching up the middle of the sleeve piece with the shoulder seam.
It is always a breath of fresh air when a project turns out just as good as it looked in my head. Those times are few and far between so I lucked out that this one came together as planned and even more so that my daughter loves it and has worn it three times already! Chalk that up as a score.
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