View PatternView PatternView PatternView PatternSewing PatternGirls’ Dress (Upcycled from Men’s Shirt) Children Dresses Garments Girl's clothing This sweet little girl’s dress is so simple to stitch, as it’s adapted from a men’s shirt. Simply use the template provided or an existing dress to cut a front and a back, add sleeves and a few embellishments such as a pretty bow and pockets, and you have a whole new garment. Just remember to ask the previous owner’s permission before you take your scissors to his best shirt! Login to downloadEssentialsMen's shirtClear press studDimensions ListPattern to fit age 8 years. For other sizes, use existing dress as a template.Sew a shirt dress1 Download and print the pattern. Lay a men’s shirt out flat with the buttons fastened, then place the dress template on top, lining up the bottom hem and keeping it intact, and making sure that the buttons are central. Alternatively, use an existing dress as a pattern.2 Pin in place and cut out so you have a front and back. Note the template provided already has a seam allowance, but if you’re using an existing dress, leave a 1cm border around the outside edge. Position the sleeve template to sit on the top fold of one of the shirt sleeves. Cut two, one reversed. Turn the curved edges over by 5mm twice, pin, tack and machine stitch.3 Pin the shoulder seams of the dress pieces right sides together and sew. Join the side seams, right sides together, pinning from the bottom hem up to the armhole. Machine stitch and press the seams open.4 Turn the neck and armhole edges over twice by 5mm. Pin, tack and stitch. Press. Position the point of the sleeves to line up with the shoulder seam. With the right sides of the sleeve facing the wrong sides of the armhole, pin and tack along the edge and sew using one line of straight stitch.5 For the bow, cut a 7cm x 36cm rectangle from a shirt sleeve. Hem all the way round and tie into a bow. Sew into position on the dress, adding a press stud in the top corner if the weight of the bow pulls it down.6 For the pockets, cut two 16.5cm x 18cm rectangles from a shirt sleeve. Turn under 5mm along the two long sides and bottom edge. Pin and tack. Turn the top edge over by 5mm, then again by 2cm. Pin, tack and sew all round. Remove the tacking and press.7 Position the pockets on the dress, then pin and tack. Machine sew into place, doubling back on the stitching at the tops of the pockets to strengthen the joins. Remove the tacking. Other Popular Makes... Easy floral hot water bottle coverPatchwork & QuiltingDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)When the weather gets nippy, cosy up with Jenny Arnott’s hot floral Lizzie TunicGarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)The simple silhouette of this outfit by Julia Claridge is ideal for spring and summer wardrobes. Sewn in a beautifully Pyjama bottomsGarmentsDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Patterned trousers are no longer restricted to nightwear, as fun and funky designs brighten the high street teamed with simple Flora Pyjama SetQuick makesDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)Making PJs should be just as easy as wearing them, like this cute floral combo by Corinne Bradd – which even Liberty HedgehogAnimals Children ToysDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)The crowning glory of this cuddly hedgehog by Cheryl Owen is its soft and tactile shaggy spines. They are easy Stuart Hillard’s Garden Tote and KneelerGifts Home makes Outdoors Sewing BeeDimensions:XS-XL (8-16)With the arrival of spring, many will be preparing to get out in the garden for some much-needed maintenance after PopularRecent Easy floral hot water bottle cover Dave Dachshund Free Sewing Pattern Downloads Floaty Floral Three Quarter Sleeved Dress Stuffed Fabric Letters Art Gallery Fabric Unicorn Toy Retro Mixtape Cushion Tweed Chicken Doorstop Make Your Own Bodycon Dress Sewing Bee Sleeveless Shell Top Sewing Bee Shift Dress Wiggle Dress Easy floral hot water bottle cover Lizzie Tunic Pyjama bottoms Flora Pyjama Set Liberty Hedgehog Stuart Hillard’s Garden Tote and Kneeler No-Pattern Button Skirt Draped jersey top Nautical Doorstop Tissue Pouch Bowling Set No-pattern dressing gown Get all of your sewing essentials sent straight to your inbox! Please keep me up to date with regular emails from Sew MagazineYou need to tick the box above to confirm you want to recieve emails We have sent you a confirmation email, please confirm it.