How To Make a Two-Tone Shirtdress by Kristina

Thursday, March 14, 2013
I haven't checked with any doctors, but I'm pretty sure it's physically impossible to feel unhappy while wearing a shirtdress. I don't know why it feels different from simply tucking a blouse into a skirt, just does. I always loved the idea of combining two pieces to create a dress. The shirt is always in place; the skirt never rides up. Much yumminess.

This is a super-easy cheat to create a well-fitting piece you can style in a hundred ways, rain or shine. You'll want a blouse that has a small amount of extra room at the waist.


  1. that looks so chic! love it.

  2. I have to say that I don't really understand this. Before you started you had a cute blouse that you could wear with many different skirts and pants and a cute skirt that you could pair with many different blouses. I find the only idea of clothing items like this to be quite limiting. I'd rather buy a separate blouse and skirt that I can mix and match than a dress made to look like a blouse and skirt that I mixed and matched. If that makes any sense. It does look cute on you, but it seems like you get quite a lot more use out of items when they are kept as separates.

  3. This. I feel like they're ruined.

  4. LOVE LOVE this DIY! :)

    Maggie A
    Love Mavin

  5. It all depends on how creative you are with your options, Kim =D

    I mean even though it's now a shirtdress, you could still wear a cropped sweater or top over the blouse part of the dress (so it looks like you're just wearing a mustard skirt). Also, if the skirt that you've sewed on isn't too poofy, you could also even layer another skirt on top of it (to make just the blouse part of the dress visible)! In fact, I've even got dresses like this that I've worn underneath a sleeveless skater dress, & nobody's been any the wiser about it! ;)

    Overall, a shirtdress like this can make it easier to retain your modesty, since the skirt doesn't move about (like Kristina mentioned). It also stays sat at your natural waist, eliminating the need for a belt to keep it up.

    Don't think how the two items are a skirt and shirt- think instead about how combining the two items would also give you the third option of a dress/ tunic! (again depending on how flared of a skirt you use). I'm the type of person who always wears long tops to keep my rear covered (yes, even with pants on) so I think it's a brilliantly convenient DIY (because wearing a skirt over pants, rather than a dress, looks a little strange). If you're still not convinced though, then you could also try stitching together a shirt & skirt in similar materials, so it looks less like two separate items?

    Sorry for the long answer, but I hope that gives you some ideas? =]

  6. It may not be as versatile as wearing the skirt and shirt separately but I prefer this option/look. It drives me nuts when I try to tuck in a shirt to a skirt only to have the shirt pop out of the waistband after every step I take.

    With this combo you could wear a cardigan (as shown above) or even a v-neck sweater over the shirt portion. I think the options come from what you can wear on top rather than the bottom. Plus you still CAN wear a belt over the waistband, so there are options there. I would just make sure the separate items are thrifted rather than brand new so you're not actually wasting a ton of money here.

    I dig it.

  7. Extremely clever. Thanks for posting this. You did a great job!