Striped Shirts to Chevron Dress Refashion

Chevron Dress Refashion grey luster girl

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.

stripped shirts 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.

cut out piecesOnce that was done I cut across the fabric just below the armpit so that the pieces were relatively rectangle in size.

cut panel 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.

pick 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.

IMG_1950 I am sure you could just cut the fabric on an angle but I wanted to be certain that they matched up before I cut mine so that is why I folded it and pinned it first.

cut angle I took  two pieces I had just cut and matched them up at the stripes perfectly along the angled side. I sewed the side.

chevron skirt I now had my chevron V.  I repeated the process with the other 2 rectangles shirt pieces so that I had a chevron V for the front and one for the back.

cut top 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.

attach With right sides together, I pinned the front bodice top to the front chevron skirt panel that I had just made and sewed.  I repeated the process for the back bodice top and back chevron skirt panel.

sew shoulder seamsNext, 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.

kids sleeve pattern 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.

pin in sleeves I sewed them in.  Now all that was left was to sew up the sides.

sew up sides arrowsWith right sides together, I pinned the dress sides together being careful to match up all the stripes and sewed starting at the sleeve and going all the way to the bottom of the dress.  DONE!

chevron Dress TShirt Tuturial_wm Since this is a T-Shirt refashion, there is no hemming to do or collars to make.  Love that! I added a little simple bow up top to give it some extra cuteness.

Chevron Dress_tutorial_greylustergirlIt 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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  1. This is adorable! What a great tutorial!

  2. That is so cute, and how clever to line up the stripes to make them zig-zaggy like that! See, that’s the sort of thing that isn’t really all that complicated once you explain it, but I looked at the picture of her wearing the dress and would never have been able to figure out how to do it myself 🙂 You did an awesome job!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Rachel! It is a good thing that I bought 5 shirts because I used 2 of them trying to figure out how to do the chevron!

  3. Melanie Henage says:

    Wow Lis! I am so impressed! What a fun and cute idea. I’m ready for some lessons with you – or at least some crafting time together. 🙂

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Mel! I am that last person that you need craft lessons from! What have you been crafting lately?

  4. Jacqueline says:

    I LOVE how that turned out! And such a pretty color too!

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