DIY Shirt Dress

DIY Shirt Dress
Nothing is easier to wear than a shirt dress, slip on a pair of heels, a clutch and a few pieces of jewelry and your out the door.  This dress is made with an amazing rayon silk blend fabric from G Street that drapes beautifully.  I used this McCalls M6520 pattern view D with the following alterations:

-Cut off the top of the back of the pattern at the arm pit. Place the top portion of the pattern on the fold of the fabric and place the bottom half 3 inches from the fold.  (this will give you enough fabric to allow you to make the inverted pleat on the bottom half of the back of the dress)

– (To make the inverted pleat) match up the ends of the top back fabric to the bottom back fabric. With the excess material in the middle, create the inverted pleat.

-Left out the collar and used the collar band only to create a mandarin, notched collar.

-Added 2 inches to the back hem to create a more asymmetric look.

-Added 5 lowered buttons to the front of the dress and two buttons on each cuff.

I would like to thank everyone for all the emails you send and the questions regarding pattern alterations. If for some reason you didn’t receive a response from me, check your junk mail it may be sitting and waiting 🙂

Heels- Elizabeth & James
Clutch- DIY



  1. August 23, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    loving that box pleat!! Super cute!

  2. Anonymous
    August 23, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    I love love love this, so chic as always.

  3. August 23, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    This is really cute! Love the pleat in the back and the high/low hem!

  4. Tiffany from Chicago
    August 23, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    What you do with patterns is nothing short of amazing. I can't wait to see how you do it.

  5. August 23, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    cute! i wish i was on your level when it comes to sewing. i can only do the basics. some day…

  6. Anonymous
    August 23, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    Another great look from you! I have a hard time visualizing the alternation for the pleat but then again, I haven't sewed anything at all. But, i got inspired by you, bought one of the most recommended by you patterns (vogue 8840 I think) and I'm waiting for it to get in the mail and start doing this. Will let you know of my progress (or lack of it).

  7. August 23, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    Oooohhhh, I love this! Now I NEED a black shirtdress! A perfect transitional piece!

  8. Anonymous
    August 23, 2013 / 10:53 pm

    Okay, I'm on the train to make this one, LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and once AGAIN, you're what?? FABULOUS!!!!

    Jennifer – SewFab

  9. August 24, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    I don't think I have ever had the nerve to alter a pattern. This is wonderful. I love the mandarin collar, as well as the hem being longer in the back. Beautiful.

  10. August 26, 2013 / 11:50 pm

    Fab…. I have a tunic a wear the same way love the way u styled this :))

    Melissa of Faith Family Fashion

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