Another drastic men's shirt makeover: dress!
I was on a yellow kick and was picking up anything bright, happy yellow, and saw the gingham of the soft button-down in good condition. Brand new, Faconnable shirts cost about $198 at Nordstrom, so I knew it was nice quality! Tightly woven, all cotton, etc. I bought it and thought for a while about what to do with it, and then designed a sundress using the check print and button-down look of the shirt and some white lace trim.
I am kicking myself now for not taking a "before" pic of the shirt before I cut into it (how silly of me!), but again, this was pre-blog and I didn't know I'd need one. So here are a couple of similar shirts from eBay, just to give you a visual picture.
I was surprised at how long I was able to make the dress, using the shirt body! If I remember correctly, I made the bodice from the sleeves, so I was able to use the whole front and back of the shirt for the skirt part.