This is a surprisingly simple way to turn an old button-down shirt into a fun dress. It requires very little sewing. I wore one of these dresses to my Junior prom, and now I'm making a second one with my mom for this instructable.
Things you need:
- a big, button-down shirt
- 4 or 5 buttons
- needle and thread
- straight pins
- someone to help you, or a dress form
If you don't already have an old shirt you can recycle for this purpose, you should be able to find one at a thrift store. Hold the collar under your arms, and make sure it's long enough that you'll be comfortable wearing it as a dress. Short sleeves are ok, but make sure they're long to reach around your chest and overlap in the back.
Also, try and find a shirt that has darts in the middle of the back. If the darts are at the shoulders, it won't fit as well. It seems like women's shirts mostly have darts in the middle, and men's shirts have darts at the shoulders.
I used a blue polka-dot shirt for my first dress, and a red plaid one for the second. A Hawaiian shirt could also be a lot of fun.