Turn your too-short dresses into wearable shirts

Friday, August 19, 2011
Long time ago I bought two short-sleeve t-shirt dresses at The Gap for pennies: this orange one and this blue one. They ended above my knees but I was convinced if I stretched them enough, they would reach and I could wear them modestly and wonderfully. Case in point: they didn’t…but I wore them anyway. Then I noticed they would shrink a little after each wash…and with these already-short-dresses, I couldn’t risk having them shorter! So I never washed them again. Kidding. That’s gross.


Instead, I took a pair of scissors and cut the bottoms right off! Well, I tried one on and made sure I knew where I wanted the shirt to end. And then I marked it with a pin and carefully slipped the shirt off over my head and THEN I took my scissors and cut the bottoms right off! Now I have two “brand new” t-shirts that are perfect and acceptable in my closet.


If you have any dresses that are just a little too short for comfort, turn it into a shirt instead! I didn’t hem my shirts because they’re both made of a stretchy jersey fabric that rolls up a little at the bottom and I liked it raw and crazy like that! What can I say? I’m a wild one. If you have a sewing machine, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hem your shirts after you cut them. But don’t forget to cut the bottom a little longer so you have extra fabric left over to hem! If you don’t have a sewing machine, check out hem tape.


See the original post at How Does She.

31 comments :

  1. That's a cute idea. I just brought a dress the other day that was just a bit tad too short after I washed it and that is a good idea :) 

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  2. that's a great way to refashion those dresses! At the moment, since i'm so into knotting everything, I might ditch the scissors all together and just use the extra long fabric for a huge knot.

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  3. I love how modest you are... it's nice to see a blogger who actually states the fact that anything above a-little-over-the-knee is well... too high. I always feel so uncomfortable if anybody can see more than a third of the surface of my thighs, hah. And yet, while being modest, you still have the most lovely, flattering, original outfits. The style world needs more Elaine in it!

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  4. CrinklephotographyAugust 19, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    You are too cute

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  5. Ooh you are a smarty pants! i never would have thought of that!! :D
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  6. They turned out great, I like both outfits!
    I don't have any rules as to how long or short a dress should be, but if I found a dress too short, I would probably just wear it with leggings.

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  7. Yeah! Making it work for you height is the best thing once can do, I love how you play with the pieces and length, and how you make them versatile! 

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  8. awesome idea, elaine! & i'm do with cel: you are so inspiring in the fashion world! modest is hottest, no?

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  9. Shinobu LittlejapanmamaAugust 19, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Love it!  They look great as t-shirts~ Modesty done so stylishly!

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  10. very cute! i'm short, but even for me, I have problems with the shorter and shorter hemlines!

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  11. Hmm...good idea! I'm not sure I have any that would work as shirts...but I'll think about it! Thanks for the idea, Elaine!

    I wanted to let you know that next Friday I'm having a Feminine Friday link up! I'd love if you joined in! You can get all the details here: www.natashaatkerson.blogspot.com
    Natasha

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  12. This is sooooooo great. And you are killing me with that sparkly blazer! Freakin sassy as usual. 

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  13. Or, for a little color blocking fun, you can cut off the bottom of another shirt and sew it to the underside of your too-short-dress to make it longer. It will look like you're layering :-)

    Personally, I need my dress to be a bit shorter (I am forever taking the hem up!) or the proportions don't work well on me. Which is why I have a love affair with leggings and opaque tights.

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  14. such a cute idea!! they look great!!

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  15. great idea - very innovative!! :)

    xo jeanette

    www.simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

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  16. thank u so much for this idea...

    http://megalivingwiseus.blogspot.com/

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  17. great idea!  sometimes I tuck my blousey dresses that are too short into skirts and that kinda works too.  now, if only i could cut on a straight line.....

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  18. i wish i was you! girl you've got it in the bag!

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  19. Love these, the before and the after. The colors look really great on you.

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  20. I have a ton of in-between shirts/dresses, definitely have to try this out =)

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  21. ahhhh I love long shirts and I love your blog and your sense of humor <3 Amazing!

    XO

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  22. I like to wear my too short dresses with pants or leggings too...I find have to a lot because my lanky long legs make buying long enough very difficult! Great tip, and lovely refashioned tees!
    Cheryl
    Http://justfabblogger.blogspot.com/

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  23. Jennifer FitzgeraldAugust 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    I do this all the time!! Great post love the all the outfits :)

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  24. such a great idea! its all bout being creative and reusing!

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  25. I like it when my wife's dresses at least touch the top of her knees.  What I mostly don't like about the t-shirt dresses is the material.  It has no "stiffness" (don't know if that's the right word).  It looks okay when you first put it on, but then starts to cling in places I'd rather it did not. 

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  26. Sorry the dresses didn't work out but they look awesome as shirts.

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  27. I just started following your blog, and hopefully I plan to participate in your Rule Breaking challenges! 

    If you wanted an alternative to transforming the shirt into a dress, my favorite method to make short dresses wearable is to wear a skirt underneath... For me, it usually works best to have one of two kinds of skirts underneath my too short dress: lacy skirt/slip-type looking skirt or a skirt in a solid matching color.  Depending on the material of the dress, the lines of the dress may be a little messed up, but sometimes I can finesse it to make everything look seamless.  :)

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  28. That's a great idea :) I love the colour of the first dress / top! 

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  29. That's a great idea :) I love the colour of the first dress / top!

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  30. What a great idea! I'm going to introduce this to my readers as well! Thanks for the tip! 

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