As you might remember, I started with this pretty size 18 (XL) women's button-up shirt:
I used this tutorial, which is based around using a men's shirt, which has a yoke at the back. The shirt I found was a women's shirt though, and had no yoke at the back, darts down the front and back and under the bust, and was made from a stretch fabric! Nevertheless, for $5 I didn't have much to lose if it didn't turn out :-)
I started by unpicking all the seams with a seam ripper (you've gotta love those things), including all the darts, which took me about 2 hours! But I did it in front of the tennis (on TV) last night, so it wasn't too bad. I ended up with these bits and pieces:
The I ironed the front and back of the shirt to even out where the darts had been, and then folded them in half. I measured around Miss 6's chest and got 58.5cm (23 inches) - according to the tutorial, she added 3" for ease and then divided it by four, and added seam allowance, so that's what I did and ended up with 18cm. Then I measured from under her arm to her waist and got 15cm, plus seam allowance. Which gave me a rectangle for the bodice which I marked on the wrong side of the back piece of the shirt with a pencil and ruler, and then I just drew a straight line from the bodice to the bottom corner of the shirt (you might need to click on the pic to see the pencil lines):
When I sewed the side seams together, I ended up with this (below), which I tried on Miss 6 and it was way too big! I ended up taking in the side seams another 3cm along the bodice, so maybe I shouldn't have allowed for so much ease when using a stretch fabric? Anyway, I just left the extra side seams inside the dress as I figured it might be useful for letting out when she inevitably grows over winter so we can get next summer out of it as well.
Then I folded over the top edge of the bodice twice and hemmed it, by just machine sewing around it. I then decided that the bodice was pretty boring and definitely needed some definition - plus my hem sewing is *really* wonky LOL - so I grabbed some narrow pink ric rac I bought for $1 at the stupidmarket the other day, and sewed it around the top edge and again around the waist. Don't look closely 'cause it's *really* shoddy! I didn't even pin it first, 'cause I am the impatient type ;-)
And this is the final result! The back:
Miss 6 is pretty stoked with it, and frankly, I am too! Not bad for around 4 hours work sewing, and I have NO prior experience other than a few high school sewing classes over 20 years ago. I'm sure if I knew what I was doing I could whip one up in a couple of hours? I will most definitely be having another go at this, I think I now have the Refashionista bug, thanks to Eilleen :-D