DIY Refashion Batwing Sleeve Top Tutorial

I found this dress at the Salvation Army. The top part of the dress left much to be desired. The designer obviously thought it was fashionable, but the fit was not right. But the bottom … what a great material! Reminded me of handkerchiefs. Upcycling this into something better should be easy.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

Upcycling an Ugly Dress into a Smashing Shirt

Don’t you think that material is great?

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

I machine-basted the bottom together, so it wouldn’t wiggle around on me while I worked.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

Separate the top from the bottom.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

The actual construction of the shirt was fairly simple using satin quilt binding. The only problem that I had was ironing out the binding itself. For this, I used a metal ruler (it was really hot, so be careful when touching the metal after ironing it!!), sliding the ruler out and ironing some more.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

Pin it together.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

This created the hem on the outside of the shirt. Putting the right sides together, I hand-basted the collar to the shirt.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

And I got this. Now it’s folded over.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

So I can machine sew it into place. This gives me a single blind stitch.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

I started on the “V” part of the shirt. There isn’t one, so attaching the binding created one.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

I’m going to have to hand-stitch this into place, and then machine-stitch on top of it.

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

Next time, I want to think about turning the collar at the shoulders, so it doesn’t seem like I have a bulky collar in the back. Maybe two more “V”s at the shoulders. But I’m decidedly very happy with my refashion!

Turn your old, ugly dress into a trendy batwing sleeve top with our easy refashion steps.

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