DIY

DIY School Uniform Shirtdress

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

Tartan Empire Dress
[Shirt makeover]
Right on time for the school start! Today’s fashion tutorial shows you how to turn a casual flannel shirt into a perfect “Back to school” Empire waist dress. From Al Borland to Cher Horowitz  in only 8 steps!
This DIY was also featured in the latest 7-8/14 issue of the German fashion magazine COUCH.
before/after

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

You will need:

  • Tartan shirt
  • Applique/crest
  • Fabric in similar quality. Length: your desire length (from empire waist till down). Width: what ever width the fabric roll has.
  • Sewing machine, pins, tape measure, ruler, scissors, thread for the sewing machine and charcoal 
How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com
1. On each side of the shirt mark the spots where your empire line will lay. I measured about 3 cm (1.1″) above the waist. Then connect the marks with the ruler. 
How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

2. Cut through along the line. The shirt should be buttoned up.
How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

3. Finish the edges with the zigzag stitch.
How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

4. Secure all the edges of the bottom with the zigzag stitch, then fold it and sew the sides together with the regular stitch. Iron the seam flat.
How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

5. Turn the top and bottom inside out. Place the bottom’s seam at the center back of the top and secure it with a pin. Pleat the skirt evenly along the shirt’s edge and secure the folds with pins. 
How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

6. Sew the top and the bottom together.

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

7. Fold over 4 cm (1.5″) seam allowance, iron it flat and stitch along it.

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

8. Attach the appliqué/crest onto the pocket or chest.

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

Back to school!

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com
How to turn a casual shirt into a feminine Empire dress. www.fashionrolla.com

Styling:
Dress: Review+DIY
Leather Bag: DIY
Wedges: Clarks
Bow tie: Xenia Kuhn 
Picture by Irina Sirotenko

Thanks for reading,
Xenia
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