Added Sep 30, 2010
San Diego, Calif...
My entry in the Project Runway / Rowenta Remake Challenge!
For a while I’ve been wanting to make my own shirt dress, so this competition was the perfect opportunity. Luckily my friend had a great XL dress shirt that didn’t fit him properly, and I really liked the subtle striping. I wanted to keep the original idea of a shirt in mind, rather than just using it for the fabric. To me this challenge meant translating elements of the original garment to something fresh and new.
That being said, I removed and seam-ripped the collar and used that entirely for the midriff section! I kept the button on and used the collar stand for the front and the collar itself as the midriff back. The original cuffs were refashioned into the sleeve bands, and I added pockets using scrap material. With the top button open, I ironed the top to create mini-lapels; but the dress can also be worn completely buttoned too.
As in all projects, an iron was indispensable for this dress (men’s dress shirts just seem to attract wrinkles!). I used mine when creating the pintucks, darts, and sleeve pleats, finishing the midriff and sleeve bands, and pressing all seam allowances.
(Unfortunately it was raining during our photoshoot, but I loved the umbrella!)
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