how to make a Free People shirt

Kristen's NDAD Creation

Today's piece made by the lovely Kristen is something that's totally my style. I would wear this all the time!! I'm on the hunt for a similar top to recreate myself! Check out what she did...

Hi Marisa!  I've been reading your blog for years and have seen you make so many dresses into cute shirts...so I'm super excited to share this dress I made FROM a shirt! I picked up this silk/cotton blouse at a thrift store for $3 without a real plan in mind. I just loved the fabric and all the awesome lace and embroidery details. So it came home with me and sat on the top of my sewing pile for a few months.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Free People Copycat Shirt

In the meantime, I totally fell for the "Blanchefleur Dress" from Free People.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Free People Copycat Shirt

I love that super airy, high-low hem, so I decided to try and replicate it with my thrifted blouse.

Let's see how Kristen works out her thrifted piece!

The first thing I did was cut off the sleeves and take in the extra material around the bust. I was sad to lose the sleeves, but they found a purpose later in the process. 

New Dress A Day - DIY - Free People Copycat Shirt

Then I stitched up the new short sleeves by hand.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Free People Copycat Shirt

At this point the dress was SUPER SHORT - like tunic length (or teddy length) - so I used the fabric from the former long sleeves to piece together a 4-inch hem.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Free People Copycat Shirt

It was a bit of a stretch, but I made it happen - I pinned this to the original hem of the shirt, which already had a slight high-low shape. Fin! I love how many ways this dress can be styled! I topped it with my floppy felt hat and lace blouse for a ladylike look.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Free People Copycat Shirt

Then I went a bit more (shall we say) Coachella...and wore it belted with a little vest, headband, and these feather earrings, courtesy of my backyard chickens!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Free People Copycat Shirt

Cheers! Kristen

Kristen, I love your remake! Way to be inspired by the Free People piece to create your own version.  It looks gorgeous and can be worn so many different ways to enhance the boho chic-ness!  I'm on the hunt for mine now!

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