This tutorial will show 2 alternate ways to make the top of the dress, to accommodate different sewing skill levels and body types..
Make sure to read the whole tutorial all the way through before starting, so that you can skip the steps for the bodice style you are not making.
Step 1: Materials
First you need 3 men's long-sleeved shirts. You can get these from a thrift store, or recycle your husband or boyfriend's old shirts. It looks best if the 3 shirts are the same colors or patterns. (or very closely similar)
I chose 3 shirts with blue and white stripes, the bodice has narrower stripes.
The dress uses 1 shirt for the bodice and 2 shirts for the skirt, so if you want a contrasting skirt, then get 2 shirts in the skirt color and 1 shirt in the bodice color.
For example, if you wanted a dress with blue top and white skirts, you would need 1 blue shirt and 2 white shirts.
The shirt you choose for the bodice should be large on you, it needs to be loose fitting.
You will also need basic sewing supplies:
scissors, thread, sewing machine, and optional elastic for one of the bodice options.
I have shown the dress accessorized with a purchased belt.