After making my daughter (and her doll) a Tammy dress, I couldn’t get it out of mind that I would love a shirt with the same neckline. So, I decided to hack the pattern to make into a shirt for me. The Tammy dress, from Annelaine patterns, comes in girls sizes 9 months to 20, and I was able to make a girls size 14, based on my measurements.
For this hack, you will need the Tammy dress pattern and a shirt that you like the fit of. You will only need the front and back bodice pieces and any of the strap options that you choose.
Choose a shirt that you like the fit and length of and fold it in half. Lay your shirt on top of your fabric and then place the bodice piece on top, making sure to line up the pattern right over the sleeves of your shirt. Now you will cut around the bodice piece, and then continue cutting down the side of your shirt. You want to make sure to include a seam allowance, so since I was going to be serging, I cut about 1/4″ away from the side and bottom of my shirt. Once you have your front and back cut out, you can proceed with the instructions except that you will hem the bottom instead of adding the skirt.
The other change I made, was to add some extra straps to the scooped neckline. The pattern has the option for two straps that create an X in the back. I made four straps and then wove them in and out of each other. I spaced them apart evenly on each side. I love this woven strap look.
While I like the look of the scoop/straps in the back, I decided to try turning my shirt around so that they were in the front. I love it this way!!!
The fabric I used for this pattern hack is from Southern Belle Fabrics. It is the Lilah floral print on toffee, and it is a super soft double brushed poly. This fabric is so easy to sew with and it is so comfortable!
Modifications: I hacked the dress into a shirt and added more straps.
Recommendations: This can be worn with the scoop/straps in the front or the back!