August 02, 2018

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How To make A Button Up Shirtdress - LJ Pattern Hack

 

Hello everybody! This week's tutorial is a super awesome, super easy pattern hack to one of our favorite Liberty Jane patterns!

By this point, you've probably heard of (or maybe even made) the LJ Button-Up Shirt. It's a classic design featuring several varieties of shirt styles for girls and boys!

But this little top can easily be made into an adorable dress, as well. It's super easy to do -- all you have to do is split a few of the pieces to extend the length, and then continue on with the regular pattern instructions to complete the dress. (Click on the image, or the link above, to view this pattern on aleksandrajones...) 

To make a button front shirt dress like Mia's green and white gingham, use Liberty Jane's "Boy Fit Button-Up Shirt" pattern View C, but lengthen the Front, Back, and Front Placket pieces. 

Designer Tip: In order to keep the curved shirt hemline, you will be cutting the Front and Back pieces apart above the curve and inserting the added length between the two pieces.

 

Here's how to modify the pattern pieces: 

1.Set apart the 3 pattern pieces to be lengthened:  

  • Front - View C 
  • Front Placket - View C & D
  • Back - View C & D

2. Draw a line 3" from the bottom edge of the shirt, perpendicular (at a right angle) to the straight lines of the Center Front and Center Back.

3. Cut along the lines you just drew.

4. Draw 2 parallel lines 1 3/4" apart (or more if you want a longer dress) on blank copy paper.

5. Lining the side of the Front pattern piece up on the left straight edge of the copy paper and the side of the Back pattern piece on the right straight edge of the copy paper, tape the top pieces to end at the top line, and tape the bottom pieces starting at the lower line.  This will create the additional length to the dress.  

Using a straight edge, extend the center lines to join the tops to their respective bottoms.  Since the front placket is a rectangle, simply extend the long side lines and add 1 3/4" to one end.

6. Cut out new, longer Front, Back, and Front Placket pieces.

 7. The Center Front should match the length of the Front Placket, and the Front and Back Sides should also be the same length.

8. Follow the Liberty Jane pattern instructions for the "Boy Fit Button-Up Shirt," View C, and tie a twisted string or skinny belt around the waistline to complete this darling shirt dress!

 

Congratulations! You've just hacked a pattern successfully!

Thanks for following along, and have fun with this!

For aleksandrajones,

Cinnamon


19 Comments

Dawn
Dawn

September 08, 2021

Love this, just bought the shirt pattern! Have my fabric, can’t wait to try it 😊

Clarkdyece
Clarkdyece

March 01, 2021

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Jillian
Jillian

November 17, 2020

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Shanna
Shanna

November 17, 2020

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something else, Regardless I am here now and
would just like to say cheers for a marvelous post and a all round thrilling blog (I
also love the theme/design), I don’t have time
to browse it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and
also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will
be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the excellent b. dildok3 (Jillian)

Caroline
Caroline

September 03, 2020

Thanks for the cute idea, will definitely try it.

Pamela
Pamela

September 03, 2020

Wow, thanks! this is just adorable. I have this pattern and have made several cute shirts with variations but have not thought of making it a dress. What a great idea. Yours is just sew cute!

Creda
Creda

September 03, 2020

Would like to thank you for all the terrific patterns I’ve gotten from you over the years. Shoes are my favorite items to make, I even bought a hand made last to hold the shoes while I’m working on them.
My great- nieces have received many, many outfits made from your patterns.
Again, thank you

Beth Comstock
Beth Comstock

September 03, 2020

This is a great idea! I did this once to make a beach robe for an ensemble that I was donating to a fundraising auction.

Tamara G
Tamara G

September 02, 2020

I, too, would like to know how you did the decorative edge on the collar! This is one of my favorite patterns, have made several shirts in the past, and have a fun fabric in mind for this pattern hack.

Erni
Erni

March 15, 2020

I have this pattern, never thout to use it this way but I will.
THANKS

Pat
Pat

September 14, 2019

I was just needing this – love it, thank you!

Lisa
Lisa

September 14, 2019

I did this last fall to make a shirtdress fit Karito Kid Lara. KKs are narrower through the shoulders, so I take it in by making a tiny vertical fold.
I apologize for not writing reviews. I’m so often adjusting the patterns for the other dolls.

Patty
Patty

September 14, 2019

I found lots of free patterns for the 14” WW on line.

Kay
Kay

September 14, 2019

I am very curious on how you did the decorative stitch on the collar. If you could email me that would be awesome.

Susan
Susan

January 27, 2019

I live in Tennessee and my granddaughter lives in Japan ( my son is in the military). She got a Wellie Wisher doll for Christmas and I would like to make her some doll clothes but I can’t really afford a Wellie Wisher doll. Can you tell me if the Disney Princess toddler doll is the same size as the W.w.doll? I have access to one of those that I can try clothes on to see if they fit before sending them to my granddaughter. I am THRILLED to find your website and will be ordering soon! Thank you!!! God bless!

Leticia
Leticia

January 23, 2019

Trendy look, thank you for the pattern hack. Now I need to buy this pattern :)

Cristy
Cristy

October 22, 2018

I love all your pattern hacks! Will be trying this soon! Thank you!

MYRA
MYRA

August 09, 2018

WOW!
Have this pattern – I will definitely be trying this – thanks bunches!

Maureen
Maureen

August 04, 2018

Looks cute, I need to try this!

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