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: DIY Show Off
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  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:

    Have a lovely week!

  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
    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!

  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!

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

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my funnel light!


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

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

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

  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.

  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!!

  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!

    hope you have a great week!


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