Last season of Kid’s Clothes Week got me so wrapped up in “upclycling“, that I have continued to turn two more dresses into shirts for Cadence. One is another Juicy Couture dress from her Mimmy (that was way too short for me) and the other is an Ann Taylor dress of mine that hung in my closet for 2 years with the tags still on.
As they were both striped dresses, I thought the Violette Field Threads Olive Shirt pattern was a very good choice for an upcycle project.
Violette Field Threads Olive Shirt
What a wonderful pattern! I have never gone wrong with Violette Field Threads, and I just love the ruffles on the back! I made the similar Adele Dress pattern awhile back and was very pleased with the results. This time, I wanted a simpler look, so I omitted the top ruffle. I had enough fabric left over with the grey and pink Juicy Couture dress, to make a scarf for a very sophisticated look.
I laid each dress out flat and cut along the side seam so there were two pieces (a front and a back). I folded the front piece in half long wise and laid the Violette Field Threads Olive Shirt front bodice pattern at the fold. This way, I was able to keep the neck line from both dresses!
I repeated the process with the back panel. The rest of the back was a large enough piece to turn sideways in order to create the back ruffle with contrasting vertical stripes. The only thing left to do was sew up the sides, and create the straps/sleeve bias with left over fabric. Some of the easiest sewing I have done yet!