When fellow Columbia blogger, Haley Sprankle created a Kylie Jenner-esque denim dress ensemble with a thrifted men’s denim shirt and challenged others to do the same, I decided to hop on board.
I couldn’t care less about Kylie Jenner and her ilk if I tried, but even I had to admit this was a really cool look, and I wanted a comfy denim dress of my very own.
I also haven’t sewn a frock in a while and was craving something fun and new. :)
I ran to the thrift store and found this large men’s shirt for $1. I was kind of hoping I could do what Haley did, and just wear it as-is. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
Luckily, I had another denim shirt a coworker’s grandmother passed along to me that I had worn a few times before finding another I liked the fit of slightly better. Might as well get as much use out of it as possible, right?
I sliced the small shirt like so:
Then, I serged off that new raw edge.
I removed the buttons from the second shirt.
Then, I measured to make sure I was placing the shorn shirttail at the very center of the larger shirt, and pinned it in place.
I carefully stitched it down to the larger shirt, sewing exactly along the original hem with the same color of thread.
This left a bit of excess fabric on the inside. No worries, I just serged it again, this time right along the seam.
I tried on my new dress-to-be, and wasn’t too thrilled. It was still super duper baggy. I wanted it to be roomy like my inspiration piece, so I just took it in a smidge.
Once I cut off the extra fabric, I ended up with this:
My new dress was light and flowy, two things I desperately needed to survive a 100 degree day!
My new dress braved the heat to meet up with some of my favorite people for sushi at Inakaya!
Let’s do a little fashion math, shall we?