This week’s post is a bit different from the usual: It’s a refashioned pair of shorts made using McCalls M6756 from a dress I stitched up way back. I’m really excited to share it with you because I think it’s so cute, stylish & chic!
I made this dress a couple of years ago for my aunt’s 50th birthday. It was one of the first dresses I had ever made, so needless to say that in looking at it now, it wasn’t the best work I’ve done. Plus, I’d worn it a couple of times already and doubted that I’d wear it again…it just sat in my closet untouched which was such a shame because this beautiful pink jacquard material was wasting away, so I decided to do something with it!
Deconstruction & Construction:
I carefully took the dress apart, tossing the bodice out while salvaging the zipper and the skirt portion. I made these shorts using the half of skirt.
To create these shorts, I used M6756 from McCalls. I excluded the pockets & lining and raised the waist by 1″. I also flipped the side the zipper is on because I wanted it to be the way my jeans are. And finally, I included a zipper fly.
While this pattern is fairly simple to use, I would recommend a muslin or practising on a cheaper fabric like I did here so you don’t make your mistakes on good fabric.
I love the fabric of these shorts. I makes it so chic and pretty! I’ve found that buying shorts like this can be rather expensive, so it’s not something I would typically buy. But being able to get some good use out of this material and turn it from a dress into shorts (with leftover material!) makes me feel like I’m really putting my skills to use!
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