Because I have grand ambitions (bah dum chee), I decided I also wanted to make a top for today based on the Gris Sur Gris top from Modcloth:
Put it together and what have you got? Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! I cut the skirt portion off the dress, cutting into the bodice about 3 inches in order to have enough fabric for a waistband. I reused the zipper and added a hook and eye for the closure. Boom! A new skirt! I love polka dots.
Once your fabric has been cut and the other edge prepped, you can begin pinning. I pinned my selvage edge underneath so I would have a nice fold against the collar instead of a rough edge. I recommend laying your shirt flat for this pinning process so you are able to check that you are staying in the center of the shirt.
Next, I measured the space across the chest. It measured about 10 inches from sleeve to sleeve, so I pinned 2 3/4 inches in from each side.
Once you've pinned your fabric against your neckline, you can begin marking pleats. I made my first mark 1" down from the neckline (to reduce open space between neckline and first pleat), and made a mark every 1 1/2 inches after that.
Bring the marks together to make pleats. I made my pleats going up, just to be different, but you could pleat in the other direction if you like. I plan on using mine as a crumb catcher. Just kidding! ...maybe.
Once you've reached the bottom, you may have some excess. I had about six inches left over. I cut off the excess, used a zig zag stitch on the end, and folded it under to be stitched in the next step.
Now, onto the machine! I stitched down each side with a straight stitch. In the end, I decided not to stitch down the center because I liked the overall look of leaving it open. If you do decide to stitch straight down the center, measure 2 1/4 inches from each side of your fabric and mark your stitching line lightly.
And voila! You have a brand new shirt!
I'll leave you with this photo of me looking petrified at the lightning striking outside. Before I went out to wait for my bus.
Everything is a-okay! I did not get struck (this time).