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Friday, May 9, 2014

T-shirt Dress Tutorial!

Last week I whipped up a T-shirt dress for my little lady.  They are sooo easy and perfect to use for an old t-shirt or a plain one on clearance (like me) :)

Simple, fun little play dress!  Want to make one too?? Let's get started!

1 print 4" x WOF (width of fabric, about 42")
1 print 5" by WOF
Optional tulle 5.25" wide

**Keep in mind the longer the WOF (42") the fuller the gather with the skirt.  My t-shirt size is 18-24 months.  If you're using a larger t-shirt you may consider increasing the length.

Cut each piece as listed above in supplies.  Join ends to make a continuous circle, stitch and press.  Turn and iron the hem under once and again for a finished edge to the hem.  Stitch around.  I turned a little more than 1/4 inch each time about 5/8" total.  (For the tulle all you need to do is stitch it in a continuous circle, no need to finish the hem)

Place all three pieces inside each other (like above).  Stitch around the piece to secure them all together.  If you have a serger, awesome, if not use a zig-zag like me.  This will help with fraying as the garment is washed and worn. 

Gather.  Do the longest stitch your machine will allow.  Stitch around the top of the skirt.  Leave a lot of thread before you start to stitch and when you finish the stitch.  Taking one thread at a time slowly pull and the garment will gather.  Take your time, if you break the thread you'll have to stitch the whole thing again.  Pull from each side.  Match the gathered skirt to the size of the t-shirt.

Place the skirt inside the shirt.  Pin all around.  Sew together!


I did cut her a coordinating headband, I could resist!!

I cut it on the bias (so it has stretch).  Finished the edges and tied it directly on her head.  Because of the stretch it stays on well and can easily be pulled off and on (keeping the knot in place).

Ta-da!! Really easy sweet little play dress for the little lady!

Have fun!! Let me know if you have any questions!

T-shirt: Old Navy
Lace and Hounds tooth prints: Michael Miller Fabric
Tulle: Hobby Lobby


Little Penpen said...

Love this... pinning for later!!

make.share.give said...

Your little lady is super cute!

Paula said...

Lovely dress, beautiful girl! This post reminds me that I used to make these (though plainer, only one skirt fabric) for my (now 30 yr old) daughter up until she was about 10 or 11 years old. I need to make some for my five year old niece. I might make hers 'fancy' like yours! :-)

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Super sweet! Thanks for sharing.

RobotMomSews said...

So cute!!! I love how this turned out! Super fun and sassy!

Debbie S. said...

Your model is so cute! Thanks for sharing your tutorial on making t-shirt dresses we have a few your ladies in our family at just the right age for these.

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