It is so fun to take an almost cute shirt and make it into something a little more stylish. I removed the shoulder pads. I cut off the sleeves. I slimmed down the sides. I did a cute hem.
It can be very hard to find the right fabric to make a knockoff of something. Sometimes, you will find the perfect fabric in something totally different from what you are making. I found a long sleeve t-shirt that was the exact color and fabric that I wanted for a dress. It was also only a $2.00 because it was half off the tag price.
I cut the sleeves off the t-shirt and cut out the front from 1 sleeve and the back from the other sleeve.
I had to a little to make sure that the front and back fit. I then used the body of the shirt as the skirt of the dress.
I love buying cashmere sweaters at the thrift store. Less than $10 for a sweater and it is cashmere. Sometimes, they are not quite what I am looking for. When that happens, I cut up and re-sew the sweater.
I got this Neiman Marcus red cashmere sweater many years ago and I finally did something with it when I bought a merino wool Mountain Hardware shirt and realized I could make a copy (kind of).