Turn daddy’s shirts into a dress for his little girl


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Got some old shirts that daddy doesn’t wear anymore? Why not turn them into cute dresses for daddy’s little girls?! They’ll love it and you’ll be surprised at how pretty they look!

Old Mens Shirt Girls Dress

Old shirts are too good to be left inside the closet, or thrown away! A little creativity, some accents like ribbons or piping and you’ve got some pretty dresses that your little girl can wear!

This DIY project can be done by any creative DIYer sewer, even an amateur one. The step-by-step instruction is easy to follow if you want to make it your first project. Just look at the various little girl dresses made from old shirts and think of the possible designs you can make out of your old shirts.

If mom and mini-me daughter’s dresses are popular, this one’s for daddy and his little girl too!

Is this going to be your next DIY sewing project?

Check this tutorial by an amateur sewer whose also a creative DIYer below! You can also view the examples below for inspiration.

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  • 3 Old/Used Shirts
  • Pins
  • Thread Color of your choice


  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Tailor’s Chalk
  • Ruler or Measuring Tape
  • Calculator


Upcycled Mens Shirt to Dress

Get your measurements. I made a makeshift drawing and added in some of the measurements.

  • Around the neck
  • Side of neck to end of shoulder
  • Arm width
  • Bust
  • Waist
  • Spot where the skirt will sit
  • Hips (not needed)
  • Length from neck, down the back to the top of where the skirt will sit
  • Length from where skirt will sit down the back of the leg to where the skirt will end

Upcycled Mens Shirt to Dress

For the skirt choose two shirts.  For this, I used the two blue striped ones. Lay them flat.

Upcycled Mens Shirt to Dress

Cut up the sides and cut out the sleeves.

Upcycled Mens Shirt to Dress

Then cut across the top of the shirt underneath the shoulders to the give it a nice flat edge.

Pattern: For this I measured where she has her skirt sit when she wears it and the measurement was — 34 inches.

Now we have four pieces of fabric so lets take 34 and divide it by four, that will give us four pieces at 8.5 inches a piece.

Take each piece of fabric and measure along the top. Find the total length and divide it in half. Place a mark in the middle.

Now take your measurement of 8.5 inches and divide in half again, giving us 4.5

Now measure 4.25 after the mark you made, and 4.25 in front of the mark. This will give you your total of 8.5 inches right in the middle of the piece of fabric.

Now make sure to add 1/4 of an inch to each side of the pattern, this is where you will cut out the fabric, it gives you your seam allowance.

This is the top of the skirt.

Upcycled Mens Shirt to Dress

Now go from the middle mark and measure down 1/2 inch.

From this mark measure down the measurement from the back of where the skirt sits down the leg to the length you want the skirt at.

In this case it was 19.5 inches. I then added another 1/2 inch to it.

The extra half inch on the bottom will be where you hem the skirt

And the extra half inch on top is where you attach the skirt to the top.

Once you have the bottom measure out. Cut across the shirt shortening the bottom to its new length.

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