DIY Upcycle sewing instructions for Women's Noel Dress or Top - Sew woman's dress or top from tailored shirts! Repurpose, Petite, Plus Size

DIY Upcycle sewing instructions for Women's Noel Dress or Top - Sew woman's dress or top from tailored shirts! Repurpose, Petite, Plus Size



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  • Materials: Illustrated instructions in English, Dress needs 3 to 5 dress shirts, Top needs 2 to 3 dress shirts, Sent by US Postal Service

Noel Dress or Top Sewing Pattern by Paganoonoo
Hard copy mailed to you (digital available for $16 see listings):

• A-line dress, loosely fit at bust and free at hips
• Dress shirts hems are utilized to creates a charming tiered effect
• Without tiers creates a Tunic Top Noel version
• Unique, artful, color-block dress or top design
• Hard Copy Pattern (See Shop Listing for Digital Pattern)

The Noel Dress is upcycled* using 3- 5 dress shirts (instead of flat fold fabric) or uses 2 - 3 dress shirts for the Noel Top. 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 that are printed on 8.5" by 11" paper which can be put in a binder for future ease of reference.

This A-line dress is loosely fit at the bust and flows free at the hips. Existing dress shirt hems are utilized to create a charming tiered effect. The wavy hems on the tiers add even more interest. The use of multiple shirts create a subtle or dramatic color-blocked effect, depending on the colors and patterns chosen. Leaving off the third tier yields a charming tunic top. A completed garment could easily be converted back and forth from a dress to tunic, tunic to dress. The design closure buttons down the front with the dress’ sleeves shorten with a small hem or are left as is and rolled to ¾ length. The overall effect is unique and arty and is sporty or dressy depending on the choice of colors and patterns.

The NOEL DRESS silhouette works well with all figure types, and is self-adjusting to individual body curves and CUSTOMIZED to your figure.

ALL SIZES ARE INCLUDED in that the size/fit of the finished garment is determined by the size of the main 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. If the bodice shirt is tight at the hip, this is not a problem; the instructions walk you through the design process of adding ease.

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, hem 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.

Also included in the pattern is an upcycle method of creating an under-dress to add another bottom layer of interest. This way you can have multiple dresses and use the same under-dress.

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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243 shop reviews

5 out of 5 stars

knitnbabies Dec 19, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

What a great pattern~! Well written, great pictures, will definitely order again! Package received in a timely fashion undamaged.

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Joni Cornell Jan 2, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic pattern. Very generous with information, leaving lots of room for your own creative ideas and individuality. I haven't quite finished my project but will update when my Noel dress is done. Thank you.

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hrttosrv Apr 15, 2018

Valarie Nov 29, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I wish I could share a pic of how well the Patti top turned out for me - it’s on the Paganoonoo Facebook page. (Black, red, and white). The instructions were easy to follow, and I’ve gotten many compliments on the top. It’s cuddly and comfy. I started w/ men’s plaid flannel that was a size too big for me and incorporated 2 tops my sister donated. I’d recommend that the shirts you use be close to the same size, as I had a slight issue with the ladies’ large sized sleeves and button placket not being quite long enough for the 2x men’s shirt. I pieced in what I needed though, and you really can’t tell what I did to compensate. This project was a lot of fun to accomplish. Even my husband was surprised At how nice it looks and he said it looks very cute on me. 😊

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