I thought I might try and get this post up before we start the new project! This is my first post on Presserfoot-- I was one of Kelli's roommates in college and I love the idea of this sewing group. Thanks for inviting me, Kelli. I missed the first project--the tote--but I have been sewing along ever since.
I have actually made similar dresses as the shirt dress for my girls a lot--the pattern is very easy and the dress comes together very quickly. I have never made it out of a man's shirt, though. I thought that was very creative--thanks for sharing that great tutorial, Dana. And since my husband decided he didn't want to wear any more long sleeved button-down shirts, it was the perfect opportunity to make some dresses.
I noticed a few people said that they have had problems with the neck. Here is something that has helped me:
When I am sewing the neck, I stop at each corner. (Can you tell in the picture--sorry if you can't, but I have stopped and not sewn across the seam and then I have started again on the next side.)
Then I thread the elastic through before I sew the corner seams. As you can see in the picture, there are some gaps in the fabric where it is not sewed down.
Then I straighten the corner (where the sleeve meets the dress) and I sew it down then. It is so much easier than trying to sew it all down and leave one opening and then trying to thread that elastic through the whole thing!
Here's the finished dress on my 4 1/2 year old:
She loves it now, but when I first gave her the choice of four shirts, she said, "I don't usually like to pick fabric like this" (meaning she likes purple and pink). But when I added the belt and ruffle, she decided that it was pretty now.
By the way, thanks to Leslie that added posted about the ruffle on her daughters dress--I think it adds a lot to the dress, so I did it to mine.