Madame Librarian

Don’t think I’m done with this yet. It’s my new obsession!
Round 2: another dress made from a Men’s dress shirt.
Since my husband is out of throw-away shirts, I made a run to Goodwill and scored some great finds:
I loved the contrasting fabric inside but wasn’t sure how to incorporate it.
Ends up it was in the sleeve cuff too, so I used the bottom of the sleeves to make short puff sleeves on the dress.
And I love how the sleeves turned out. I moved-in the sleeve buttons on each cuff to make it smaller for little arms. And they really puff up adorably on a little girl:
I may like this dress better than the Seaside version?? Good thing this is being gifted to a friend! That means I have an excuse to continue making more (like I need one).
I left the waistband without any elastic inside this time. I had tried it cinched but it just didn’t feel right.Enjoy your book reading, little librarian.
* For other Dress-shirt to girl’s dress transformations, click here.

  1. Dana,
    I LOVE these dresses and have made a couple, but I wanted to try the cuffed sleeve version. I can’t figure out if you just sew on the bottom portion of the man’s shirt sleeve, or cut it similar to the regular version sleeve.
    Please help!
    Thanks,
    Andrea

  2. 2) Cloud

    The sleeves leave me puzzled – Andrea is so right:
    “I can’t figure out if you just sew on the bottom portion of the man’s shirt sleeve, or cut it similar to the regular version sleeve.”
    The lower part of the sleeve is to narrow for the original cut.
    How did you do it, Dana?
    Please help!
    Thanks a lot,
    Cloud.

  3. 3) Christina

    Hi. I’m just wondering how u attached the cuff portion of the sleeve to the dress?? Did u just sew it on as is?? Thanks and I love that I found your blog!!

    • 4) Dana

      i just kept it as it. But it was so long ago that I don’t remember the details! Sorry 🙁

  4. 5) Pam Andrews

    Making these precious daddy dresses for my son’s to give to their daughters for Valentines Day. Has anyone figured out the sleeve yet? Any trial and error info you can share would be greatly appreciated! Thanks all!

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