Thank you so much for liking my T-shirt reconstruction project. I had a few requests for a post on how it was done. Luckily, I took some pictures throughout the process so now I have something to share with you.
Please note that I’m only a beginner in sewing and this is my first time making a dress. I’m sure many things that I do here could have been done differently. I am learning alot from these projects. So, if possible, I would love for you so send me your suggestions on how I can sew better. I would really appreciate it.
Here it is:
I started out with an extra large T-shirt. This one was from a walk I did with March of Dimes to raise awareness on premature births in 2001. Seems like past life to me! Time really flies.
I have a bunch of these that I have been collecting over the years. For some reasons, when I get a free T shirt, it’s never my size and some of them are not my husband’s size either :-) Only now do I have so many plans for them. I knew I’d use them some day!
First, I used a tank top as my measurement for the upper part of the dress. I laid the tank top’s neck line against the circular neck line of the T-shirt.
Draw a horizontal line where you want the waist line to be.
Then trace around the tank top for the upper part of the dress
Cut, cut, cut…
Separate the top, from the bottom of the shirt.
Cut along the chalk line you mark for the upper part. Don’t forget seam allowance. Then go to your sewing machine and follow your chalk line with the regular straight stitch. Leave the neck line of course.
Next, turn the top part of the dress right side out, press it with your iron if needed. Then insert the top into the bottom part, right sides facing and pin, pin, pin…
It was pinning madness. I seriously felt light headed after getting up from this. The top part is obviously smaller than the bottom part so I made some pleats.
The best way to do this is to mark BOTH piece. I folded them in halves, mark the centers and continued folding until I mark 1/8 of the circle. (I don’t know if I’m making sense at all here). I hope you know what I’m talking about.
Here is a closer shot so you can see the pleats. Once again, sew around the whole circumference to attach the bottom part to the upper part of the dress. Take out your pins as you go. You do not want to sew over your pins. I broke my needles…’nough said! :-(
Try it on.
Then I cut out a thin long piece of left over fabric to make the side ruffle. Pin and sew along the side of the dress.
Also, don’t forget to hem around the neckline and the armhole. I used just a simple fold into the wrong side and stitch with a straight stitch! :-)
After all that, I still have left over fabric from the T-shirt, so I made this, check it out and let me know how you like it.
My dress was all red so of course I need to break it with a belt. I know it’s nowhere near the $45 Express dress but I love it! Not only because I spend nothing on it, it’s a perfect way to up-cycle those giant T-shirts.
The project was done on world’s water day, how cool was that? :-)
I can see so many variations to this way of reconstructing a T-shirt into a dress. Maybe It doesn’t have to be one shouldered (‘cuz this one call for a strapless bra and that’s not too exciting)…
Hope you like it! If you make one, please share!