Sunday, January 9, 2011

Upcycled T-shirt Dress

I've been dying to make an upcycled t-shirt dress for my daughter.  I've seen them all over.  I finally decided to give it a try!  Worse case scenario, I have extra rags for when I paint or need to stain something.

I, for some reason, am terrified of sewing clothes.  I am actually more comfortable trying to make a slipcover than clothing.  Don't ask me why, just one of my many idiosyncrasies.  Anyways, I was enjoying Goodwill's 50% off everything sale this past Saturday.  I knew I was wanting to give this t-shirt dress a try, so the search was on for some cool t-shirts for a buck.  Let's just say that I went a little over board.  I really hope I can make one of these dresses because it looks like I will be making a few!

All you need is some t-shirts. 


In this case, I actually bought some white and navy knit fabric to use for this and future dress projects.  I started by trying to figure out the placement of fabrics.  Next, I cut my daughter's shirt a little below the arms.  If I actually had to make the arms and neckline, I doubt if I would be doing this.  Anyways, I knew how long I wanted to make the dress.  So that meant I just had to start piecing the fabrics together to make it work.


Don't you just love the graphic in the middle?!  Anyways, I didn't take a picture but I did piece another strip of navy fabric and orange to get the length I wanted.  I actually used the bottom of the orange t-shirt so I wouldn't have to make a hem.  I sewed the strips together so they will have the raw edges on the outside of the dress.  You can't see it in the picture below because I just had to have my model try it on right then so I could share it with you.  But after a good wash and dry, the raw edges should curl.


Doesn't it look comfy?!  Let me know what you think!  I plan on sharing this over at:
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10 comments:

  1. Oh this looks great! I love upcycling and am always looking for new ideas and projects!

    I'd love if you linked this up to my weekly 'round tuit' party at:

    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/2011/01/round-tuit-31.html

    Have a lovely week!

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  2. I just discovered you blog & loved it. I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia & I found it very inspiring. Blogging is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
    scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com
    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it. It's got a bit of everything fashion, interiors, food, travel spots - hopefully you will find something in there that you like.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!
    Cheers
    Melissah

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  3. Aw, she's really cute in her new dress! Good job, Mom! I totally "get" how you'd rather sew for the home than clothing; I'm the exact same way! When my girls were little I decided it was because I was afraid they'd outgrow whatever I was sewing before I could finish it! Slipcovers, pillows, curtains ... they'll always fit!

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  4. Oh, how sweet! I want one in my size! LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my funnel light!

    Tania

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  5. Sew cute! Oops, I mean so cute, lol! Your daughter is really beautiful. How lucky that her mama can sew for her.

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  6. to be honest it looks fabulous!! see you can do anything you put your mind to!
    she looks so gorgeous in it too!
    xxx
    lila
    ps: love,love,love your blog!

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  7. awww She is soooo pretty! I love her new little dress you made. You did a great job!! Love your blog!

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  8. Thanks for telling me about your coffee table. Now my wheels are really turning. I really like that idea. Yours turned out beautifully. Kinda reminds me of them ones in pottery barn.

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  9. Super cute!! I wish I had a daughter to make one of these for! I'd love it if you came and linked these up to my new linky party, Tute {Yourself} Tuesday!!

    LittleEme.blogspot.com

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  10. A few weeks ago I featured this cool project on a round tuit over on my blog Creating my way to Success.

    I've recently started up a page where you can link up clothes upcycling projects. It’s not just a weekly linky party – but a page that will remain as a link to your project all the time!

    I would love if you came and linked up this project, and any other clothes upcycling ideas you have!

    Do come and take a look!
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/p/clothes-upcycling-projects.html


    hope you have a great week!

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I would really enjoy knowing what you think. I love getting your comments!