Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

I recently decluttered my closet and pulled out all of the clothes that I can no longer fit into. One of those items was a lovely black silk shift dress which I got on sale from Jeanswest a couple of years ago – a lovely simple dress that was now too tight across my hips. The top of the dress still fit me very well, though – so I decided, instead of getting rid of the dress, I would refashion it into a basic black silk tee!

Here’s what the original dress looked like:

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

And here’s what it looks like after the refashion!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

It was a very simple hack-and-hem job. I used another woven tee as the guide for the length of my tee, and cut with a long ruler and my rotary cutter to get a straight cut. I then followed these instructions for sewing a rolled hem on my machine without a rolled hem foot. It was the first time I’ve ever tried a rolled hem or sewn with silk, and I’m pretty happy with how it worked out!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee

I’d actually been looking for a nice basic black blouse to add to my work wardrobe, and now I don’t have to buy anything new! Now all I need to do is think of something to make with the leftover silk scraps… perhaps a cropped square-neck camisole for summer…? I’m glad to have given my old dress some new life in my wardrobe!

all the little happy things - Refashioning a silk shift dress to a silk tee