But back to the regularly scheduled programming: mens button down shirt refashions. I finished my fifth refashioned garment from my husband's castoff dress shirt. I was grateful for a really nice shirt to work with rather than the $1 bin shirts from my last few refashions. I think I was at the store with my husband when he bought it, and in fact I believe I advocated for this shirt, because I loved the cheery colors and gently striated texture. But a few years later, he doesn't wear it anymore and it was contributed to my refashion stash.
This shirt didn't want to be anything other than a shirt dress. It deserved to keep as much of its original fabric as possible. It's a Perry Ellis shirt, and the construction is light years ahead in quality compared to the Lands End shirts and the crazy tuxedo shirt from earlier this month! I carefully ripped seams on this new shirt, almost out of respect for the way it was originally put together, but of course this took a long, long time. I did need the bodice front to be as wide as possible for bust darts, so having the extra 1/2" from the side seam allowance was a good thing. Also, the collar was well done, and the collar stand was a nice, normal shape, so I wasn't sure how much of the collar I wanted to keep it. It's a collar whose proportions were meant for a 6' tall man with reasonably broad shoulders, not a 5' tall woman.
With the help of Simplicity 4118, I cut out my new bodice front and back while keeping the entire neckline and shoulder seams intact. This got a little tricky but it was do-able. I couldn't decide what sleeves to put in... short or 3/4, puffy or flat, etc. etc. etc. In the end, with such clean lines, I opted for short, non-puffy sleeves.
As for the collar... I wore the dress with the big collar to drop Louis at summer camp yesterday morning, and promptly drove home to rip it out. It was just too big and cumbersome compared to the lightness of the dress! Plus, I looked like Flo from Mel's Diner (Alice). It screamed waitress. And now? Wearable, enjoyable, just a little too short, but overall a good experience. Great dress for a hot summer day, like yesterday (and like all our days here until October).