Toddler Dress from Mens Shirt without Collar

A month ago I went to my parents and they were going to give away more dress shirts so I grabbed a few to make more little girl dresses from. This time I decided to try a different style that doesn’t have a collar, for a detailed refresher check out the post.


I started with this shirt, and took the collar and arms off with a stitch remover.


I followed my previous instructions for the most part. Before I pinned the bottom part on I fixed the collar and I also folded and ironed the bottom part of the top.


The shirt I used was a bit larger than the first one so when I tried it on my little girl I realized I had to make a slight adjustment. I sewed in 2-3 inches at the bottom of the arm hole.


While I like how this turned out, I thought the collar was a bit low. Luckily I was in the middle of making a second one! This time I decided to take 2 1/2 – 3 inches off the top. I measured and pinned.


Then I turned it over and pinned along those lines just where the front part was, and sewed ONLY where there was fabric on both sides. After sewing I cut straight across.


Then I ironed it flat and sewed a straight line. That’s it!


Both dresses turned out great! With folding and ironing the bottom of the top the dresses didn’t need the ribbon. The only thing I could have done better was take in a little more around the arm hole because the dresses were a little big around the waist.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. Karen Morgan
    Mar 15, 2017 @ 18:47:08

    Best I’ve seen. How did you measure arm holes? How did you make your little darling stand still long enough? My granddaughter is 2 1/2 and never stops.


    • Amy Elliott
      Mar 16, 2017 @ 19:16:02

      My little ones never stood still either, but my littler girl always loves to try on new clothing so I was able to get a quick fit. If it’s just not working you can always use a tank top or shirt and try to use that to help gage the arm holes.


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