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Bierkeller Dress: T-shirt to Drawstring Halter Dress Refashion

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When I was asked to volunteer for a friend’s Oktoberfest event (you can learn more about Bierkeller Columbia right here), I of course said yes. Delicious Kolsch and an opportunity to help bring something special to Columbia? Heck yeah.

When I was asked if I’d like a shirt to refashion, I of course also said yes.

I was given this one. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Refashionista T-shirt to Drawstring Halter Dress Refashion before
Do you like my thrifted owlie wall art peeking at you in the background?
Refashionista T-shirt to Drawstring Halter Dress Refashion before back view
Le back!

Let’s turn this T-shirt into a DIY Drawstring Halter Top Dress!

There are many many ways to refashion tees. But the one I’m about to show you is definitely one of my favorites. 🙂

First, I snipped off the bottom hem.

cutting bottom hem off shirt
Snip!

Then, I cut down each side and removed the sleeves and neckline as well.

cutting sleeves off shirt
More snips!

Keep in mind that the big logo was originally on the back. But I wanted it in the front! No worries.

I grabbed a dress from my closet that I liked the fit of…

dress laid over shirt
You’ll do!

…and I folded the two sides of my cut up tee in half, as well as the green dress.

Then I laid them out like so:

dress folded in half over shirt folded in half
See?

This will help make sure each side is nice and even.

cutting around outline of dress
Yet more snipping!
cut out part of shirt
Getting closer!

Remember how I said I wanted the big Bierkeller logo to be in the front of this dress? That meant the original front would need to be a little shorter than the original back.

You can see what I mean here:

Pinned sides of dress
Pinned and ready to go under the needle!

I stitched each side down…

sewing side of dress
Whirrrr!

Then, I pinned a casing to the new front and new back.

pinned top casing of dress
So close to being done!

They both got stitched down…

sewing top of dress down
A lil more whirrage.

…and then I used a thinly cut piece from the side scraps to make a drawstring, which got threaded through the front and back casings.

drawstring threaded through top of dress
If you don’t have a bodkin, you can just use a safety pin to thread it through.

When I tried my new dress on, I decided it needed a little more tweaking to get the fit juuuust right.

This is usually the make-or-break part of any refashion, and a step I try to never skip. A little extra tailoring goes a long way. 🙂

pinning sides of dress on dress form
Just a smidge!

And just like that, I was ready to help my friends throw one of the most fun events of the summer!

I chose to tie the drawstring off to one side, but you could easily do both sides, or just stitch the two ends together to make more basic straps.

Refashionista T-shirt to Drawstring Halter Dress Refashion After
Willkommen!
Refashionista T-shirt to Drawstring Halter Dress Refashion After 2
Just hanging at the Brickyard…like ya do.
There was quite a crowd!
There was quite a crowd!
Jillian and friends at Bierkeller Columbia
Bierkeller Columbia fans!
crowd at biergarten tables
Columbia loves a good German-style beer!
Phillip, Jillian and Cole at ID tent
Identification, please.
crowd at bierkeller at night
The festivities went on into the night.
Empty Bierkeller tent at night
Until next year…

Prost!

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