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Ellis shirt dress - Project Runway Remake Challenge

Added Sep 30, 2010

by squidinc-1

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!)


Garment Type
Casual, Classic



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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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    Oct 11, 2012, 04.56 PMby Christi Nemec

    This looks amazing. I would love to give it a try. Do you have instructions somewhere you could maybe send?

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    Jul 30, 2012, 03.45 AMby Kristal Reynolds

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

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    Jun 25, 2012, 03.21 AMby Deena McDevitt

    Is there anyway to get the instructions to this shirt? I LOVE it!!!!

    Thanks,,,,, Deena

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    Mar 4, 2012, 12.34 AMby tiinaa

    Hi there, This is gorgeous! Any chance I could get the instructions also? A million thanks

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    Apr 19, 2011, 12.15 PMby anlusaro

    Hey, this is a lovely dress. Do you have instructions on how to make something similar, I would love to try it.

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    Apr 19, 2011, 03.17 AMby squishedbugg

    so clever, would love to have a go! Do you have a blog with any instructions or handy hints? Thanks for the photos they are devine!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 03.48 PMby abibo

    Hey, I think that this is totally cute and would love love love to try making this on my own. Did you post any instructions for this remake? Again I love love love it!!!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 06.36 PMby lizbenton

    Wow – I love this. It is the absolute perfect shirt dress! Is there any possibility that you could give instructions? I would love to try my hand at this!!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 03.19 PMby ivankamae

    it’s so nice :D you inspire me

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    Jan 13, 2011, 08.56 PMby Danielka Ta

    This is gorgeously well-done! so crisp looking yet casual :D !!

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    Oct 5, 2010, 11.18 AMby siouxfairy

    very nice and looks good on you :D

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    Oct 5, 2010, 05.55 AMby tinathatsme

    Great Job!! Your project is definitely one of my favorites. It looks really nicely done. Awesome Job.

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    Oct 4, 2010, 09.09 PMby squidinc-1

    Thanks for the comments everyone! :D

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      Mar 4, 2012, 08.01 PMby tiinaa

      What a great use for shirts. I have a pile I was just about to throw out, but have been hanging on to for the fabric/buttons etc. The re-make is fabulous. I love it so much I’d like to give it a try – would I be able to get your instructions please? A million thanks

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    Oct 4, 2010, 01.12 AMby Natalia *

    I love it. It looks great. I was hoping you used a pattern, so I could make something like this, but it turned out to be just a fantastic remake. Maybe one day Ill be as creative as you, and could make something like this without a pattern. great job!

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      Oct 4, 2010, 09.10 PMby squidinc-1

      Hi Natalia * -

      I don’t have any formal instructions, but I could try to write out what I did if you’d like to make something similar!

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      Oct 8, 2010, 12.52 PMby Natalia *

      That would be fantastic. I would love that, if its not too much trouble. :)

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      Nov 22, 2010, 08.16 PMby Natalia *

      Thanks so much for sending over the instructions. It had definitely slipped my mind, but now that I have the instructions, I will give it a try (provided I can find time for it). When I finally get around to trying this remake, I will definitely let you know. Thanks again.

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    Oct 1, 2010, 06.57 PMby saganaga

    lovely results !!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 09.08 AMby kelerabeus

    excellent job!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 04.25 AMby tradsahm

    There’s nothing better than a crisp, white shirt! It looks great!!!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 03.01 AMby marthahaskins

    Great work – very clean – this looks amazing! I love the collar at the waist – great detailing!

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