Project Run and Play Week #5, {Men’s Dress Shirt Challenge}

For my Men’s Shirt Week outfit, I was a little bit stumped at first; you see here in S.Korea, there aren’t really thrift stores in the same way there are in the states, and although on base there is a thrift shop, it is rather small (there were less than 5 men’s shirts on the rack) EXCEPT in their uniform section. There are a TON of Blues shirts in the thrift shop (blues are sort of the business suits of the USAF) so I had a ton of pale blue shirts to select from, and suddenly the idea for my look formed.
 I’m calling it “Dress Blues” because I was feeling particularly punny when I named it, and I hope you can still see all the details through the questionable pictures! (I am afraid I didn’t get the best pictures of this outfit because it has been FREEZING here to the point the air base has closed all the roads to driving several times due to ice, and I haven’t been able to get out anywhere for a pretty photo shoot with lots of light!) The poor baby’s nose is actually a little pink in all the pictures just from the quick walk to the place we went on base to take the pictures! (-4 degrees with wind chill will do that to you!) 

Since we were allowed to use more than just one shirt in the challenge, I actually used 7 shirts.

I picked apart every seam, of all the shirts, which was insane! I used 6 of the shirt backs to make up the skirt, and the 7th to make the back 2 pieces of the fully lined bodice. The front is made up of several of the fronts, and so on throughout the dress. Although I chose to make this dress a shirt dress, I didn’t use the original collar or cuffs from the blue’s shirts, as they were much to big for Emmie, instead I made a custom double collar,

 and double cuffs,

The sleeve has a regular cuff, but also a doubled extra portion that folds back almost like a collar, with two layers and a button and loop, so that when she is wearing a cardigan, she can turn the cuff back over it to show the blue at the wrist.

What I DID use from the original shirts were the shoulder passants. (the little shoulder tabs) There are 14 of them total between the 7 shirts, and they were originally designed to hold your rank on your blues shirt. I added the 14 tabs around the waist at the same time I sewed the skirt on, and then I added the original shirt buttons to the bodice and buttoned the passants onto them. Next I made strips of fabric, that I wove in and out to make wide a basket woven belt.

 The dress is buttoned at the neck, and there is a hidden side zip for getting in and out of the dress.

 Kimchi! (all Korean children pose like this for photos and say “Kimchi” instead of “cheese” for photos!)

 Now you can see why I never leaver her hair flat for photo shoots, it’s not so conducive for seeing the clothes! (she wants to be Rapunzel one day.)

 Here we are, the back of the dress has the same wide belt running around it. 🙂

In the spirit of upcycling, I made Emmie a cardigan out of a sweater I have had for ages that I didn’t love. (it was too big for me.) 
I cut a whole new body, using the hem ribbing at the bottom and I serged the original neck trim back onto the cardigan, along with the newly cut sleeves. 
Since I added a split to the front of the sweater, I trimmed the inside edge with the same knit I used for the leggings, and added large navy, fabric covered snaps to close the cardigan. 
Down the front of the cardigan I added bunches of 3 jewels over each of the snaps. (The dress took HOURS, including replacing a broken zip last second, and of course the 2 hour cardigan is Emmie’s favorite part of the outfit.) 
The leggings are just simple with a yoga pant waist, done in a whimsical print (there are kitties driving cars, birds, and bunnys etc.) and they are so she can stay modest and comfortable while she plays. I added a little gather and a jewel at each hem. I really like this print as a touch for youthening up the look, although I really dig the preppy school uniform vibe the outfit has. 
I hope you like my look, as I would LOVE your vote, and LOVE to show you my signature look! So please, please, please hop on over to Project Run and Play and Vote!    

  12 comments for “Project Run and Play Week #5, {Men’s Dress Shirt Challenge}

  1. February 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

    As usual your skills amaze me. You are just a fabric manipulation queen! 🙂 I would love to know how you made the cuffs. 🙂 Great job.

  2. February 9, 2013 at 12:32 am

    What an amazing looking dress! I hope there is a daddy/daughter dance on base so she can wear her ‘Dress Blues’ as well. That would make an awesome picture. It’s great how you worked with what you had!

  3. February 9, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I love the bodice – it would be amazing to see it in white on a floral background – a spring white picket fence, I may just have to try that! Great use of your resources and amazing details as always! ps – I had hair I could sit on until College, loved it ;o)

  4. February 9, 2013 at 1:10 am

    You amaze me every. Single .week. the level of detail you put into each garment and the quality of your stitching can only be described as couture. Bravo.

  5. February 9, 2013 at 4:57 am

    I echo every other comment. I just love your style and how much detail is always in your work! Your daughter is just stunning and the Rapunzel hair seems to be very popular. All 3 of my girls want that hair too. It cracks me up though cause my oldest is blonde and the next two are brunettes and my oldest will tell them that they have to have theirs short cause when Rapunzels turns brown it’s cut short! 😀

  6. February 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    You’re so incredible!! You made do with what you had and still pulled out something so amazing! I LOVE the tabs, the cuffs, the collar, ALL of it!

  7. February 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I love your pale blue dress, I want to steal your waist detail ~ hope you don’t mind 🙂
    I didn’t realize that your daughter’s hair was that long!!!
    I cannot wait to see your signature look!

  8. February 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    so well made, as always!

  9. February 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Hi Catherine,
    I was wondering what type of cover stitch machine you have? I have a cheap-o serger that works great but I am thinking of adding a cover stitch machine to do workout attire with nice finished edges.


    • February 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Hey! My machine is a babylock cover stitch machine, I also have a babylock imagine Serger. Babylock sells servers with a coverstitch function, but I like having the 2 machines so I can swap back and fourth between them. Hope this helps!

  10. March 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I wanted to make my son a dress shirt but did not have the right fabric on hand. This I remembered this dress and asked my friend who is in the AF for one of his old shirts. This is what I came up with:
    Thanks for the idea! ~Major Moma

  11. April 29, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Rocking colors nice man I also want to buy badger casual stuff as I recently bought some Badger Sweatshirts from this nice store. Soft Port Authority Polo

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