Have you ever owned an item of clothing for years and years and even though you know you will never wear it again you just can’t bring yourself to get rid of it? One of those such items for me was a brown polo shirt from Old Navy. I purchased it when I was twenty and I loved it. I know looking at you’re thinking “how could you love a blah brown shirt?” Well it was brown but the orange stripes you can see on the dress on the hanger went across the chest and then there was a palm tree and sun embroidered in orange thread on the stripes. It was extremely flattering for my body type and so comfortable. Well now it is thirteen years and four pregnancies later and that shirt just doesn’t look the same anymore. But overtime I would go to clean out my closet, I could never bring myself to get rid of it. And then suddenly I had an epiphany! I would turn it into maxi dresses. I love wearing tee-shirt fabric maxi dresses and I already have the pattern so I can turn the polo shirt into maxi dresses and then I don’t have to get rid of it.
I reused the original hem and was still able to get two dresses from the one shirt. I added a bit of length to the pattern because I like longer maxi dresses than what the pattern was asking for. Because this was my first time using this pattern I wanted to try both versions of the bodice. So for the one dress I made it have the overlapping bodice and for the other dress I made it the one piece bodice and made sure to get some of the stripes on it for sentimentality purposes.
Because these were for my own collection, I saved the ego tag from the shirt. I am considering sewing it on the solid brown maxi dress with the overlapping bodice. In the pictures below I have shown how the dress looks now, what the ego tag looks like against the fabric and what the dress would look like if I do decide to sew the ego tag to the dress.
Let me know in the comments if you think I should leave it off or sew the ego tag on. Either way I really like the way these two dresses turned out and I am so happy I found a way to reuse something that I loved but no longer used.