Maybe it is just me reliving the youth of my 90s, but for the past 2 years I have been rejoicing over the fact that plaid is back in style. There is just something so comforting about plaid in the Fall, and I love getting all cozy in my plaid shirts and jeans. But this time I decided to go ALL OUT. Why not make a dress out of this fabulous pattern? After doing some research, I found the exact style I wanted for a fun, yet comfortable Fall dress. It just needed some modifications.
Long Sleeve Button Up Dress || Shirt Dress DIY.
(A pattern alteration sewing tutorial.)
- Sewaholic Granville shirt pattern
- 2.5 yds cotton fabric
- 7 – 10 buttons
- Ribbon, twill tape, or bias tape for waist tie
- lightweight interfacing
- Basic sewing essentials
Fabric seen in dress photos:
- Alter the granville shirt pattern, so that the hem is 1″ below your natural waist. Sew as instructed.
- Cut (4) 1.75″L x ‘width of shirt plus seam allowance’ panels for drawstring casing. Cut (2) skirt panels, 1 front and 1 back, your desired length plus seam allowance selvage to selvage.
- Iron on a 1.5″ square of interfacing to the middle of 1 drawstring casing pattern pieces, on the wrong side. Sew 2 buttonholes in the center, .5″ away from each other. Take (2) drawstring casing pattern pieces and place them right sides together, pin and sew side seams. Press open. Repeat for other (2) drawstring casing pattern pieces.
- Place skirt front and back right sides together, pin and sew side seams. Finish seams with serger, zigzag stitch, french seam, or pinking shears.
- Hem bottom of skirt.
- Take your drawstring casing tube with the buttonholes on the front, and slip around the bottom hem of your granville shirt right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin around and baste stitch using 1/4″ seam allowance. Slip the lining drawstring casing inside of your shirt, wrong sides together matching up the side seams, and pin. Sew, using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim seam allowance, and press seam down. Fold the bottom hem of your lining casing 1/2″ towards the wrong side and press.
- Sew a gathering stitch around the upper edge of your skirt. Pull bobbin thread until the skirt is the same width as your shirt.
- Slip skirt over your shirt, right sides together, matching up the gathered edge of the skirt with the bottom hem of your shirt. Making sure your side seams match up, pin the skirt to the bottom if the exterior casing. Sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press seam up. Trim seam to help eliminate bulk, and whipstitch the lining casing to the gathered skirt top to enclose the waistband casing.
- Using either twill tape, bias tape, ribbon or string, slip a safety pin along one edge of the ribbon and thread through the waistband casing via the buttonholes in the front. Once all the way through, tie the ribbon as you normally would, and trim ribbon to your desired length. Finish ribbon edges.
Press your garment to finish.
Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time…