American Shirt Dress Restyled

IMG_5487I scored two of these dresses by American Shirt Dress Company recently at the local senior thrift store. These were made in the 80’s with a 50’s inspiration. I like the fabric, the button up bodice, the full skirt, and the covered belt, but I was never crazy about the big shirt sleeve. Soooo…I thought I would style it more to my liking and make it sleeveless. I used NEWLOOK 6968 bodice pattern  to recut the armhole. I also had do an adjustment to the shoulder seam because the dress had thick shoulder pads and so the original seam went straight across instead of sloping down. This time I made sure to try it on at every step of the way!


I cut bias tape from the former sleeves and used a bias maker to make the folded bias tape. I sewed it to the inside and then folded it over to the front to make a neat finish around the armholes.


To my delight, it turned out perfectly! Soon I’ll tackle the other one.



I’m busy getting ready for Me Made May 13. I did a lot of ironing this weekend and organizing my closet. I moved my winter clothes and fancier outfits to storage and made room for spring and summer looks. It’s going to be fun making everyday of May, “Me Made”. Have you signed up yet? There is a flickr group where we all can share, “Me Made May 13”. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s home sewn looks.

This is my 300 post! Thanks for reading!

About SeamQueen

Seamstress, Sewist, Artist, Fashionista, Quilter, Upcycler, Textile Obsessed!
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2 Responses to American Shirt Dress Restyled

  1. redbamsews says:

    I like what you did in your refashioning project. I like the shirt-dress style, but, am not sure it would fit my current silhouette. Will have to give it a try.


  2. 7cakes says:

    Aww, it’s beautiful! I love this kind of dress =D I did a similar one last summer


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