Two Plaid Shirts From Thrifted Dress

I’m back again with some another “catch-up” post from my hiatus. Here are two shirts that I made from a thrifted dress two Autumns ago.



I cannot find the “before” picture of the dress that I used to make these two tops. It had a massive collar and a tie under the collar. I guess it was meant for those times when you can’t decide which neckline you like best.

It was like this dress with the sailor collar and tie, but the drop-waist pleated skirt was floor-length. There were also buttons down the back of the bodice.

drop waist button back collared

Anyway, I made a Deer and Doe Bruyere shirt solely from the skirt portion of the dress.


I cut about a size smaller than my first Bruyere shirt. I also shortened the bodice pieces by about 1/2″ and the shirt bottom pieces by about 1.5″.  I cut the sleeves at elbow length and just finished them with a folded over band.


I did the best I could with the plaid matching given the limited amount of material, and honestly, I was very surprised with the results.




The other shirt was made from the bodice portion of the thrifted dresss. I took everything apart, reshaped the pieces and sewed it back together.


The collar was a strange shape and it was very unflattering, so I removed the collar and reshaped the neckline. I left the buttons on the back bodice pieces and added a new tie at the neckline. The sleeves are much shorter and more fitted than the original sleeves.



It’s pretty boxy, so it’s not my favorite top, but I have worn it tucked into a maxi skirt and with cardigans.


The skirt I’m wearing in these photos is a Hummingbird that I made several years ago.

And because no post is complete without at least one photo of me being a goof…


Au revoir!

  1. Nilla

    October 9, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Very cute outfits! I find that re-fashions are more work than they seem, so good job 🙂

    1. Becca

      October 26, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks, Nilla! 🙂

  2. GA

    October 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    And of course my favorite picture is you being a goof. 🤓

    1. Becca

      October 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Haha! Love you and miss you! 😀

  3. Debi

    October 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    You’re very clever! Keep up the good work. Look forward to seeing more creativity.

    1. Becca

      October 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you, Debi! I appreciate the kind words.

  4. heatherandthepugs

    October 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Good work!! They both look fantastic! Great plaid matching too!

    1. Becca

      October 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Heather! The decent plaid matching was surprising for the amount of material I had to work with.

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