Baby dress from men’s shirt

Baby dress

Hello everyone! Today I will be showing you how I made a baby dress for my daughter from a shirt.

Last week I saw a picture online of how a shirt was turned into a baby dress. Since my daughter is quickly out growing most of her dresses, and my husband has lots of shirts that he longer wears, I thought this was a great idea. I tried it out, and was totally impressed with the outcome. This dress was very simple to make; if I can do it, so can you!

Materials you’ll need for this tutorial are;

  • One shirt
  • Baby dress (this will serve as a pattern for the dress you want to make).
  • Fabric marker or tailors chalk
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (if you don’t own a machine, click here to buy one)

Steps for making a baby dress

1. Remove the pocket of the shirt and lay it flat, then place the dress on it.Place dress on shirt

Place dress on shirt

2. Trace out the shape of the dress using the marker (I used a dress that is slightly big for my daughter, so there was no need for seam allowance. If you’re using a dress that fits perfectly, you may need to add about a inch extra).Trace pattern with marker

3.Remove the dress, and cut out the shirt. You should now have two pieces; front and back. The piece with the buttons should be the front piece of your dress. (I made a mistake and cut the neck very close to a button, so couldn’t sew it without closing the button hole. I then decided to cut long strips of fabric from the sleeve of the shirt and ironed it to form a bias tape. The bias looked nice on the neck so I added it to the sleeve as well. If you’re not going to use a bias tape; fold in the neck and sleeve, then sew in place, and skip to step 6).Cut out pattern

4.Cut about one inch of fabric. Iron it into half, then fold in the rough edges (click her to see tutorial on how to cut bias tape)

5.Pin the bias round the neck and sleeve, the bias after folding was about 0.5 inch (I sewed the bias with hand using a needle and thread because it was too small and I knew it was going to be a struggle with the machine).Pin bias to neck

Pin bias to sleeves

6.Sew front and back pieces together at the shoulder.

7.Sew the side seams. Iron the dress, and it’s ready to wear.


My daughter loves this dress. I’m glad it turned out good, I’ll be making more dresses for her now. Try this too, and let me know how it goes. If you want to see more tutorials like this, then you better subscribe now for free, if you haven’t done so already. See you again next week when I come with another DIY project, have a wonderful week, cheers!

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