DIY Upcycle sewing instructions for Rebecca Dress with Double Collar, made from dress shirts!

DIY Upcycle sewing instructions for Rebecca Dress with Double Collar, made from dress shirts!



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  • Materials: Printed Sewing Pattern Instructions, Illustrated instructions in English, Pattern arrives by US Post, 4 to 6 tailored dress shirts

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Rebecca Dress with Double Collar Upcycle Sewing Pattern by Paganoonoo

• Classic shirt dress design flattering any age
• Fitted waist front button dress with slightly flared skirt
• Unique color-block skirt design, upcycled from dress shirt sleeves
• Eye-catching, color-block detail at hemline
• Complete design with dramatic double collar
• Design layout sketchbook
• Hard Copy Patterns you receive by mail
• See Shop Listing for Digital Download Pattern

The Rebecca is upcycled* using 4 - 6 dress shirts (instead of flat fold fabric). With upcycling, there is no need to print, cut out and tape together PATTERN PIECES. The starting materials are 3D garments, so instead the "pattern" is instructions and illustrations that define exactly what and where to cut (disassemble) and how to reassemble the pieces. You are purchasing a set of instructions printed on quality 8.5" by 11" paper which can be put in a binder for future ease of reference.

This color-block dress has an intact shirt as the bodice with added bust shaping and optional back gathers. The lower half of the dress is uniquely constructed of sleeves, with the cuffs forming the waistband. The skirt draws in slightly near the hemline creating a minor balloon effect. Optionally, another layer of color-block detail can be added at the hemline. The dress buttons down the front and a double collar adds flair. The dress’ sleeves are left as is and rolled to ¾ length. The overall effect is classic/arty and is sporty or dressy depending on the choice of colors and patterns.

The REBECCA DRESS silhouette works well with all figure types, and is self-adjusting to individual body curves. Transform 4-6 men's or women's dress shirts into a unique, beautiful Rebecca Dress CUSTOMIZED to your figure.

ALL SIZES ARE INCLUDED in that the size/fit of the finished garment is determined by the size of the shirt used for the upper torso, the other parts are self-scaling. ANYONE, any size, who can find a dress shirt to fit the way they like across the shoulders and bust, can successfully fit this pattern.

The pattern is intended to be semi-fitted in the upper bodice. For larger busts, dart and pleat instructions are provided to customize the fit. Avoid any bodice shirt so tight that it strains at the bust, back or upper arms, or limits movement. If the bodice shirt is tight at the hip, this is not a problem; the instructions walk you through the design process.

Really tall or short? This pattern is easy to adjust for height.

The sewing is straightforward piece assembly, mostly using topstitching. All of the tough parts like the collar, collar band, plackets, buttonholes are already sewn on the starting garments, making your job easier! The customization is achieved by picking the right size starting garment and making choices about where to cut by looking at the garment fit on your own body.

Sewers with experience with mixing colors and patterns will fulfill their artistic dreams, but those just learning these skills will find they enjoy the challenge and growth to their creativity. !! Have Fun !!

ADDITIONAL BONUS - Includes a 4-page tip sheet on design elements, color selection, fit, garment care, and technical tips.

See Designer Michelle Paganini’s article on upcycling in the Threads Magazine Feb/March 2015 issue! She was also featured on It's Sew Easy series 1300 and 1400. Her segment on Double Collars is available on YouTube .

Upcycling our existing clothes into new fashions is good for the planet, and really great on the budget!!

*UPCYCLING is taking something existing, like clothing, and transforming it into something of greater value. This set of instructions and illustrations will walk you through every step of selecting garments, disassembly and reassembly, to create a beautiful, custom fit, one-of-a-kind garment.

Ideal for Remembrance Sewing!

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY about Paganoonoo Patterns:
"Easy to follow directions with lots of great tips.”
“Absolutely brilliantly clear & concise instructions..."
"Amazing inspiration along with wonderfully helpful technical details..."

Happy Upcycling!

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SherisSoapOpera Jul 3, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I tried the Peggy pattern, but unfortunately my skills as a seamstress seemed to be lacking. Michelle contacted me and asked me if I’d like to trade for another pattern and I am trading for the Ellie T shirt. Looks like I can do it and is super cute. All her patterns are. I like different and her shop is one of a kind. I am also an Etsy seller and with being as busy of a shop as she has, I did not expect a response. I was going pleasantly surprised. I try to do that as well, with my customers, but this is a first for me as a buyer and I am very impressed by her attentiveness. Shows Michelle does this for the love of making things, and has high standards and quality....not just for the money. I will be back.l!

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Elizabeth Boyens May 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I'm a beginning seamstress and this was easy to follow! I've made a few and love them!

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5 out of 5 stars

Made my first blouse with this pattern and was very happy with it. Easy to follow directions and good tips.

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Therese Barraco Aug 27, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I haven't actually made this blouse yet, but used some of the ideas in combination with the Peggy blouse to create an upcycled blouse from dress shirts.

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