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When fellow Columbia blogger, Haley Sprankle created  with a thrifted men’s denim shirt and challenged others to do the same, I decided to hop on board.

Click here to check out Haley's post.

I couldn’t care less about Kylie Jenner and her ilk if I tried, but even I had to admit this was a really cool look, and I wanted a comfy denim dress of my very own.

I also haven’t sewn a frock in a while and was craving something fun and new. :)

I ran to the thrift store and found this large men’s shirt for $1. I was kind of hoping I could do what Haley did, and just wear it as-is. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.

More Walk of Shame than Kylie Jenner...:/
More Walk of Shame than Kylie Jenner…:/

Luckily, I had another denim shirt a coworker’s grandmother passed along to me that I had worn a few times before finding another I liked the fit of slightly better. Might as well get as much use out of it as possible, right?

You've been well-loved, little shirt.
You’ve been well-loved, little shirt.

I sliced the small shirt like so:

Chop!
Chop!

Then, I serged off that new raw edge.

Don't let the fray get in your way!
Don’t let the fray get in your way!

I removed the buttons from the second shirt.

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Then, I measured to make sure I was placing the shorn shirttail at the very center of the larger shirt, and pinned it in place.

You'll be a new frock in no time!
You’ll be a new frock in no time!

I carefully stitched it down to the larger shirt, sewing exactly along the original hem with the same color of thread.

Careful!
Careful!

This left a bit of excess fabric on the inside. No worries, I just serged it again, this time right along the seam.

Easy!
Easy!

I tried on my new dress-to-be, and wasn’t too thrilled. It was still super duper baggy. I wanted it to be roomy like my inspiration piece, so I just took it in a smidge.

LIke this.
Like this.
Followed by this.
Followed by this.

Once I cut off the extra fabric, I ended up with this:

Not bad for $1!
Not bad for $1!

My new dress was light and flowy, two things I desperately needed to survive a 100 degree day!

Chilled rose spritzers help too!
Chilled rosé spritzers help too!

My new dress braved the heat to meet up with some of my favorite people for sushi at !

Our ship has come in!
Our ship has come in!
It's so magical!
It’s so magical!
Oh hai!
Oh hai!
Methinks Kylie would approve!
Methinks Kylie would approve!

Let’s do a little fashion math, shall we?

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Cheers!

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