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What to do with old men’s shirts? Throw away? Too bad! If the fabric is not just full of stains or moth holes, it can be sewn into a sweet-and-sweet girl’s dress. This sewing project is super-easy and ideal for men’s shirts that are no longer appealing, too big or too small, where the sleeves have holes or stains – these are cut away and not recycled. We’ve also decorated the dress with a potato print.


+ Men’s shirt
+ Children’s dress in desired size
+ Tape measure
+ Pins
+ Scissors
+ Paint brush
+ Thread
+ Elastic
+ Safety pin
+ Knife
+ Potato
+ Cardboard

Step 1

Spread the men’s shirt flat and put the front center of the children’s dress on the front center of the shirt.

Step 2

Cut out with a seam allowance of 2 cm.

Step 3

Cut 4 cm more at the neck hole (here is the elastic band later).

Step 4

Put the shoulder and side seams of the front and back together right to right.

Step 5

Sew and then serge-finished together.

Step 6

Turn the dress on the right side and iron both hemlines 2 times 1 cm each and fix.

Step 7

Topstitch sleeve sleeves with a short edge.

Step 8

Then iron neckline only 1 cm.

Step 9

Iron another 2 cm, and pin. Stitch close to the pressed edge, leaving 4 cm opening.

Step 10

Pull in elastic (approx. 40 cm) with safety pin.

Step 11

Then stitch ends of elastic together, and topstitch opening on dress to close.

Step 12

Halve the potato and cut a triangle with your knife.

Step 13

Brush with textile paint…

Step 14

…and stamp on shirt. Use cardboard as a base.


Untitled design

Try using the potato printing technique on other handmade garments as well to make them extra custom and cute! Jazz up a teen tank using our Sleeveless Shirt or go free style and splatter textile paint using our Girl’s T-Shirt Dress.

1 Comment

  • Simba_nov_06_large

    Jan 19, 2018, 03.53 AMby nrobson

    love not only the sweet garments in themselves, but the potato printing also looks awesome =Dx

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