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Nine Old Shirts for One New Dress!

Added May 9, 2012

by ajtak7171

Vienna, Austria






My name is Katja and I am a re-fashionista :-)
I cleaned out my closet, and so did my husband, and I made a maxi-dress for zero money using nine old shirts…
I kept as many original details as possible, collar and buttons/buttonholes, hems, pockets… The dress has two slits at the side-front which can be unbuttoned as far up as I feel like :-), and I made a belt using the buttons and button holes from one of the blouses… Every single piece in this dress used to be part of a shirt. Well, except for the bias-tape I used to tidy up the insides.
For step by step photos, come visit my blog: Of Dreams and Seams

Material Notes

Old Shirts, thread, bias-tape




Garment Type

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    Jul 26, 2012, 11.29 AMby leokadia

    Die Männer der Familie werden sich freuen, 1000 Dank für diese Fotos. Sehr sehr schöne Idee! liebe Grüße leokadia

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    May 13, 2012, 07.31 AMby RedDynamica

    Very unique! Very pretty!

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    May 13, 2012, 03.04 AMby stefilu

    What a great idea, I have several old shirts and was wandering what to do with them – thanks for the idea. Your dress looks fantastic!

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    May 11, 2012, 07.27 PMby bjr99

    This is fantastic! Love the idea of using cast offs for another purpose.

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    May 10, 2012, 02.04 PMby MXG

    My most favorite projects are re-fashioning cloth. This is a WOW idea and great dress. It looks very comfortable and pretty. I am inspired for my next project. It takes an artist to see something like this in ordinary boring shirts

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    May 10, 2012, 01.11 PMby wildflower31

    What an awesome idea. Love it.

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    May 10, 2012, 11.51 AMby tessi

    This is FABULOUS!!! I’ve saved your photos of the process in a folder so that I can try this too. I would LOVE to have a dress like this for dancing!

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      May 11, 2012, 07.02 AMby ajtak7171

      Oooh, go for it! I’d love to see your version. And as you see, yes, it’s great for dancing!

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    May 10, 2012, 08.26 AMby suzetewilliams

    Wow! What a great idea! Why didn’t we think of that before? Very clever and absolutely gorgeous dress. I feel inspired now. Thank you.

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      May 11, 2012, 07.03 AMby ajtak7171

      Thank you so much! I’d be flattered if you copied it! :-))

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      May 11, 2012, 04.30 PMby suzetewilliams

      I showed your dress to the students at my fashion college and everyone loved it!!! Sorry, but everyone wants to copy the idea… not exactly the same, but lots of us have unworn shirts in the house. Thank you for the inspiration. xxx

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    May 10, 2012, 06.22 AMby red-lia

    What an amazing job! The dress looks fabulous, and doesn’t look refashioned at all – looks like something new that you would pay good money for… And on top of that, I totally envy your toned arms…

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    May 10, 2012, 06.05 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    what a great idea, what a fab. dress. this is very inspiring! thank you very much for sharing this great project with us!

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    May 9, 2012, 09.51 PMby mycatcoulddothis

    This is wonderful – a really clever way to use old shirts and a spectacular result. I have a large bag of old shirts which need recycling. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s a chance I could come up with anything like this.

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    May 9, 2012, 09.34 PMby boppygreen

    I love this dress! I can see clothing manufacturers trying to copy this one.

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    May 9, 2012, 08.30 PMby Hugs-and-Kisses

    Very unique – i love it xx

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    May 9, 2012, 08.14 PMby step-van-b

    WOW! Das ist ein super Refashion-Projekt.

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