Ellis shirt dress - Project Runway Remake Challenge

Added Sep 30, 2010

by squidinc-1

San Diego, Calif...

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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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For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Casual, Classic
Material
Cotton

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    Sep 23, 2014, 04.19 AMby Lori Sheppard

    I’m arriving very late to this but I just saw this design on Pinterest. I would LOVE to get the instructions if you still have them! I would love use this pattern on a couple of my husband shirts that he doesn’t wear anymore!

    Any chance you are still handing out the pattern/or instructions?

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    Jul 20, 2014, 03.38 AMby jwells0326

    I would love to have a pattern to do this with :) please

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    Jun 29, 2014, 05.34 PMby Rachel Gage

    I love, love, LOVE this. A tutorial would be amazing!

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    May 11, 2014, 09.55 PMby Sonya Yoder

    Fantastic! Could I get the instructions to this, please

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    May 10, 2014, 01.51 AMby Sharon Corzine

    Hi! Found this on pinterest! I love this dress!! Do you have Instructions pretty please!

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    Apr 28, 2014, 04.53 AMby Janet Nelson Carpenter

    Could I get the instructions? Thanks

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    Apr 13, 2014, 01.31 AMby Susan Van Heemst

    I would love the instructions for this. Love how it turned out.

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    Apr 6, 2014, 03.05 AMby Rachel Brenha

    Instructions pretty please!

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    Apr 6, 2014, 12.20 AMby mspink

    Instructions please

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    Mar 30, 2014, 12.44 AMby cindyop

    Awesome! Pretty please send instructions?

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    Mar 22, 2014, 03.21 AMby GigHarborJoyce

    I just found this! It is fabulous! Will you send me the instructions? Thanks.

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    Mar 13, 2014, 04.18 AMby Frances Elmer

    I would love the instructions for this. My Daughter wants me to make this shirt-dress for her, need the patteren please

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    Feb 17, 2014, 01.01 AMby Tara Fleig-Werner

    I would love the instructions for this shirt also. It’s beautiful.

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    Dec 3, 2013, 04.29 AMby Mindy Wismiller

    Could you please please please send me the instructions please. This is so beautiful.

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    Nov 27, 2013, 04.08 PMby Sandraleigh Towers

    could I please please have the instructions for this, you have done a wonderful amazing job.

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    Nov 16, 2013, 11.25 PMby Jenny Betker

    I would love the instructions for this, please!! You and the dress are beautiful. :)

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    Nov 2, 2013, 04.18 AMby Ani Ostendorff

    Is it possible to get the instructions for this? It’s beautiful!

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    Sep 24, 2013, 10.59 PMby Lisa Smith

    I would also love the instructions if they’re available please

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    Aug 10, 2013, 05.24 AMby janmay2013

    I love this dress! So creative. I would love this pattern, please!

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    Jul 28, 2013, 11.12 PMby Susan Piotrowski Malone

    can you please send me the instructions on how to make this shirt , I love it !! THANKS

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    Jun 21, 2013, 02.58 PMby Erica Bammerlin

    I would love the instructions! This is so cute!

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    May 31, 2013, 10.14 PMby Taylor Bissett

    Oh man. This is awesome. I need more shirts like this in my life! Could I please please please have your instructions also?!?

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    May 7, 2013, 07.45 AMby Lindsay Borg

    Insanely cute. Once the contest is done, would you be willing to post a pattern or tutorial?

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    Apr 8, 2013, 01.06 PMby karacoffee

    This is the best men’s shirt restyle that I have seen, I would greatly appreciate instructions. Congrats, thank you

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    Mar 17, 2013, 03.36 PMby Jennifer Kastancuk

    I love what you have done! Would it be possible to get the instructions? I would love to attempt this!!

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    Mar 17, 2013, 03.36 PMby Jennifer Kastancuk

    This is so Amazing! I have been looking to do something exactly like this except your is by far the best version I have ever seen. Would it be possible to get the instructions? I want to make this ASAP LOVE IT!

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    Feb 18, 2013, 02.33 PMby Stacey Schuurmann

    You sent the instructions to Natalia * Could you post them for the rest of us?

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    Feb 1, 2013, 03.55 PMby lkwolf

    would you happen to still have the instructions for this?

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    Jan 24, 2013, 10.06 PMby knswed

    I love this remake. If you have more detailed instructions than what is here, I would love them! I have lots of shirts just waiting for a remake!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 02.11 PMby Lucy Huggins

    I would love to have the instructions as well. I LOOOOVE what you did with this, it is classy and looks so comfortable !!!

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