Make a Shirtdress From An Oversized Shirt

Make a Shirtdress From An Oversized Shirt

Use an oversized denim shirt to make a dress! Add an embroidery detail for a super girly effect.


  • 1 Oversized denim button-up shirt
  • Embroidered fabric to add on (or you can use decorative stitches on your machine to create your own design)
  • Piece of lace trim (for collar detail)
  • 1/2” (1.3cm) wide elastic (length of your waist + 1” [2.5cm])
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Marking pencil
  • Scissors

Step 1: Armhole & Sleeves: Since the shirt is oversized, check if the armholes need to be brought up to sit on your shoulders properly and if the sleeves need to be taken in. If so, using a seam ripper, take apart the sleeve from the armhole and adjust the armhole to your measurements. Take in the sleeves, adjust (if need be), and then sew back into the armholes.

Step 2: Mark the waistline on the wrong side of the shirt using the marking pencil.

Step 3: Place the elastic on top of the waist marking. Slightly pull the elastic as you stitch along each edge.

Step 4: Place the embroidery detail fabric on your shirt, pin, and then edge stitch along each piece. *To create an embroidery design instead of using fabric, use the decorative stitch options on your machine.

Step 5: Pin the right side of the lace trim to the wrong side of the collar edge, then edge stitch.

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