Upcycled Button Down Dress

Take an old button down shirt and turn it into a dress for your little girl. Just add a crocheted halter top and voila, a light and airy summer sundress.

*Caron Simply Soft or other worsted weight yarn to meet gauge
*Button down shirt- the size modeled is a woman’s size small, but you can use any size, even a mans large, it would just be more ruffled
*G/6/4.0mm hook or hook needed to obtain gauge
*Yarn Needle


2T and 4T

2 stitch sets + 7r = 2”

ch(s) = chain(s)
CL = cluster
hdc = half double crochet
RS = right side sc = single crochet

*Written in size 2 with size 4 instructions in parenthesis
*Final stitch counts for size 2 in parenthesis with final stitch count for size 4 in brackets.
*For gauge purposes: one stitch set is: *hdc, CL, sk 1, CL*.
Cluster (CL) – *YO, insert hook in st and draw up a loop, YO and draw through 2 loopps; repeat from *2 more times in same st, YO and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
INSTRUCTIONSRow 1. Ch 78(86), sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, working in the back bump, turn (77)[85]
Row 2. Ch 2, hdc in 1st sp, CL, sk 1, CL, *hdc, CL, sk 1, CL* across, hdc in last st, turn (58)[64] (This is the RS)
Row 3. Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *2 sc, sc x 2* across, turn (77)[85]
Row 4. Repeat row 2
Row 5. Repeat row 3
Row 6 – 7. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (77)[85]
Row 8. Repeat 2
Row 9. Repeat 3
Row 10. Repeat 2
Row 11. Repeat 3
Row 12 – 13. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (77)[85]
Row 14. Repeat row 2
Row 15. Repeat row 3
Row 16. Repeat row 2
Row 17. Repeat row 3 FASTEN HERE FOR SIZE 2 (leaving long tail for sewing), CONTINUE FOR SIZE 4
Row 18 – 19. Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (85)
Row 20. Repeat row 2
Row 21. Repeat row 3
Row 22. Repeat row 2
Row 23. Repeat row 3. FASTEN (leaving long tail for sewing).

*Sew halter along short edges to close band.
*Lay shirt flat and cut in a straight line from armpit to armpit leaving a 1” gap over the top button.
*Place 1” of shirt inside bottom edge of halter and pin so that the buttons are front & center. Sew shirt and halter together.
*Cut 7.5”(8”) straps from the sleeves of the shirt. Sew to the front of the dress so they are 4”(4.5”) apart or 2”(2.25”) from the center. Repeat on the back.
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Written Pattern © 2015 Sonya Blackstone of Blackstone Designs. Please do not sell, share, or modify this pattern, but instead share the link to where the pattern can be found. You may sell items you make with this pattern. This pattern, as with all Blackstone Designs/Sonya Blackstone patterns, are not for educational use without written permission from the designer.
This free crochet dress pattern was originally published on Cre8tion Crochet website.

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